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8 Strange Abandoned Places (Slideshow)

Centralia, Penn.

In 1962, a mine fire started in Centralia, Penn., and, 50 years later, it’s still burning. It is believed that city workers set a heap of trash on fire in an abandoned mine, and that heap was not properly extinguished. For decades, the city tried to put out the fire to no avail. After extremely unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide were detected, and a 12-year-old boy that fell into a fire-created sinkhole in his backyard became a national news story, Congress allocated $42 million in relocation funding in 1984. Most families have since relocated. There are still about 10 residents of Centralia, though they began formal eviction proceedings in 2009.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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12:39AM PDT on May 30, 2015

Nothing as intriguing and haunting as abandoned places :-3 Love 'em.

7:47PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thanks for posting.

1:46AM PDT on May 18, 2014


4:27AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Check out any of China's 'ghost cities' - where huge government stimulus spending went to!

9:25AM PST on Feb 24, 2013


4:50PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Haunting really.

4:49PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Very interesting indeed.

2:10AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

these places are fascinating! we don't have many in the uk, but i like visiting any i come across. there's something about the paint falling off the walls and the smell that really brings home how short our lives are and that we as individuals live relatively unmarked and unmemorable lives that are easy to forget to the future generations. i'd love to visit some of the old sanitariums and asylums in america. that'd be a dream come true!

8:31AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I find places like this to be so sad--all those people, with their hopes and dreams--all gone, all devastated.
I do like ghost houses--now, that's where I like to "get the feel of" a by-gone era--it's like stepping out of "today" and into "yesterday"!

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