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this earth is burning under her feet…centralia, pa

centralia, pa is a ghost town in columbia county nestled between different coal mining towns. In 1962, fire had spread underneath the town through the town’s mining tunnels.

A day trip with Delaware County Hikers and Adventurers to Centralia, PA.. a ghost town with only a few souvenirs from its past

We were looking for areas where smoke was rising from the earth & ended up walking down the closed section of Pennsylvania route 61 which started to collapse in the 90s as the fire was raging underneath and causing the road to cave.

We finally take a walk around what is left of the main drag in Centralia, PA.
Unfortunately we did not find as many places with smoke coming out of the ground as we hoped. The only area with smoke rising from the ground appears at the beginning of the video.

All the music you hear in the video was written and played by Nic Bommarito.

You may recall a similar mining town, Rhyolite in NV, which disappeared years ago.

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R h y o l i t e

I stayed in Beatty, NV while visiting Death Valley. Beatty is around 40 miles from Furnace Creek and is considerably cheaper in terms of accommodation than lodging inside the national park.

Near Beatty lies the ghost town of Rhyolite, which was established in 1905 to support the mining efforts during the Gold rush at the time. It peaked around 1907 with an opera house, railroad, school and a stock exchange. By 1911, the town was closed due to decreasing mining output and the displacement of the workers who occupied the town.

Today, it is a ghost town perfect for those interested in photography and ghost matters!

It even houses the Goldwell Open Air Museum which features artwork made a few Belgian artists and is astounding as you could see in the photos below!