In the short time that the United States has been around, it has undergone quite a number of changes over the past 200 years. Looking at it on a grander scheme, the United States has indeed been around for a short while. However, in its brief history, the United States has seen a lot of things come and go. People have seen how a whole community would turn a place into a city and then have it abandoned after a while of inhabiting it. With this being said, it does not come much of a surprise that the United States of America has random, little, ghost towns.
One of the said ghost towns in the USA is a town in Centralia, Pennsylvania. You may not have heard of this town, but this little place has an interesting story. Now brace yourselves for this ghost town’s story.
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In 1841, Centralia was settled and was then incorporated in 1866 in the United States of America. This little town with a little over a thousand inhabitants were shaken by a happening in 1962. The little town’s economy was supported by the mining industry and in 1962, a fire broke out made its way through the coal tunnels. This incident is known today as the Centralia Mine Fire.
There is not enough information about how the fire started in Centralia but some speculated that it could have been trash fire that came too close to one of the entrances of the mine. The fire in the mine raged on for years because it was fueled by the coal on the earth. It was like a fire pit that was hidden under the ground. The people in Centralia went on with their lives, not knowing the gravity of the situation yet. In 1979, the residents started pointing out the sudden increase on the temperature of the ground and large sinkholes suddenly appeared.
In 1981, a 12-year-old boy, Todd Domboski, fell into a 150 foot sinkhole that suddenly opened up. The boy was rescued and the rescue team also discovered the lethal doses of Carbon Monoxide in the sinkhole. Eventually, in 1984, the 42-million-dollar relocation project for the whole town was finalized.
Some of the residents moved, while some stood their ground and stayed. In 1992, Gov. Bob Casey declared eminent domain over all that’s left of Centralia. Every infrastructure in town was condemned. The people who stayed are still being convinced up to this day to relocate due to the condition of the ground.
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