Centralia and Sunsets

Last weekend, I had the awesome pleasure of going to eastern Pennsylvania with a couple of my really good friends. While there, we had some great adventures. So, here’s a brief recap.

We left Friday night and got in about 12:30 am.  So, of course, we were up early the next morning to hit the huge book sale at the local library.  Now THAT was a huge book sale!! I kinda bought some books.  Two tote bags worth.  Surprise surprise… lol!  Also, did I mention the library was an old church?  Yeah, had to go inside and check that out.  Hm… book nerd much?  Admittedly so. 😀

 

After the library, we went to the top of the parking garage and I was able to see quite a bit of the towns from the top along with some beautiful buildings.  Where I’m from, the towns are separated and it’s almost always obvious when you’re in another town.  Out there, many of them were smashed together and I never could tell when I want from one to another in that area.  It was both strange and cool at the same time.  Since I was in a high place, of course I took photos!

After we ate some lunch, we added another member to our party and off we went to explore Centralia.  For those of you who are not familiar with the ghost town, you can read more about it here.  To sum it up, there’s been a mine fire burning under the town since 1962.  Many people died, most of the houses and building structures are completely gone.  I think there’s only about 10 residents who still reside there even though their zip code was revoked.  Most streets have nothing on them anymore, though you will see the occasional foundation here and there.  I have to admit, it is rather creepy.

While were were there, we drove around on what streets we could, walked some of them because they were so torn up (mostly from the fire underground), and walked down one street in particular.  An abandoned section of Route 61 that is aptly called Graffiti Highway.  As you will see in the pictures below, it lives up to it’s name by being covered in graffiti.  We also saw someone adding their mark to it as well.  Oh, and of course I picked up some geocaches while I was there, too. 😉  We even felt some heat rising from the ground at one point, but sadly, did not see the steam.  The road has been greatly affected by the mine fire, so I don’t recommend driving on it.  Walking is probably the best way to go about it, plus you’ll get to see more awesome things that way.

After Graffiti Highway, we ventured to all three of the cemeteries.  I only photographed one of them which belongs to he church that was no the other side of Centralia, also pictured.  For those of you urban explorers out there, no, we did not go into the church.  As far as we can tell, it is still used as such and it is highly recommended that you do not venture in without permission.  Kthanks.  Also, try not to bother the residents who still remain. Sadly, we didn’t not find the warning signs or the steam vents like I was hoping to, but perhaps if we go another time, we’ll find them.

On the way back to the hotel, we ended up in some dense fog.  I couldn’t believe the fog!

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We visited more friends of my friend that night and went to bed at, yep! You guessed it!  12:30.  :p

The next day, we ran into a wee bit of a problem.  The steering link on my friend’s car broke.  Long story short, the car ended up taken to a shop and we had to rent a one way rental car to make it home.  We didn’t get on the road until late and sure, unexpected things like that happening are never fun, but that’s what makes it more interesting, right?  One the bright side, we were able to get some beautiful views of the sunset while driving through the mountains. 🙂

So that was my trip, abbreviated and in a nut shell.  Just not a peanut shell.  I’m allergic to those.  Anyway, if you plan to drive out and check out the cool scenery like we did, it’s totally worth it.  Just remember to be safe, respectful, and did I mention safe?  Because there’s a reason there’s only 10 residents left. Just sayin’. Anyway, I hope to have more exploration fun this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to post more about my adventures soon.

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