Read here for Part I of my Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip.
We left the Wildlife Conservation and since we were both off all day, we decided to keep going. After a while....and frankly, I don't have the slightest idea how we got there, we just kept driving along....we ended up in Minersville, PA.
In Minersville we stopped for a quick bite and gas. We found this crazy statue. The statue itself isn't crazy at all, it's a lovely tribute to people who have lost their lives to coal mines. The crazy part is that it is in the parking lot of a Turkey Hill.
We also saw this awesome display in someone's yard!
We decided, well, we have gone this far, let's go to Centralia!
The fire still burns underground all these years later. You can actually see smoke coming up from the ground.
This once booming town is now a ghost town.
Here are some photos....click to make them larger!
View from a hill....you can't really tell where the houses were because everything is all grown over.
Here you can actually see the smoke coming out of the ground. (The smoke didn't photograph well!)
View from a hill....you can see coal in the distance.
In Centralia, there is a problem of sink holes. In 1982 a child fell into one. Thankfully he grabbed a root and his friend pulled him out quickly; however, the gases could kill you very quickly.
While we were on the old Rt. 61, we actually felt a little off kilter and woozy. The road was on a tilt, and it was super creepy, so that may have added to the wooziness.
One last thing, you can't find Centralia on a map or by mapquest. I am not going to encourage or discourage you to go there, but it is in Northeast Pennsylvania. You can google it and find some info (with bad directions....lol) but if you can get to Ashland, turn at the Mays Drive in. You will go up a hill and there's a hard right turn in the road -- that's where the detour around the damaged part of Rt 61 is, although it is no longer marked. You will see the other side of the closed road and a cemetary. You are then in Centralia. If you don't know what you are looking for, you might miss it because it just looks like you are driving through the mountains and there are a couple of houses.
We then hit the road again.....
Until then, take care!