Category: History

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By the early 1980s, the mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania was growing worse and increasingly threatening the people who lived there. GAI, Inc., a private geotechnical engineering company, was hired to review the situation...

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By 1984, the fate of Centralia, Pennsylvania was sealed. Through a combination of bureaucratic apathy and incompetence, the mine fire had burned continuously since 1962. It threatened the homes, health, and safety of the...

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There’s a longstanding conspiracy theory surrounding the mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania. And, why shouldn’t there be? It’s difficult to comprehend any logic that would explain why a government would let a town be...

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By 1977, the residents of Centralia Pennsylvania stood at a crossroads. For 15 years, a mine fire had uncontrollably burned at the edge of their town. Time was quickly running out. Many methods had...

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By early 1983, the situation was dire in Centralia, Pennsylvania. Deadly gasses like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide spewed from numerous fissures in the ground. A few residents, like Todd Domboski and John Coddington,...

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Anthracite coal mining in Centralia Pennsylvania is a complex operation due to the geology of the region. Since the 1850s, miners around Centralia have been working to remove coal from the ground. Like many...

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On June 17, 1948 United Airlines Flight 624 crashed just north of Centralia Pennsylvania in Conyngham Township near the town of Aristes. Sadly, there were no survivors. The 4 crew members and 39 passengers...

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The Molly Maguires was a secret, fraternal society founded by the Irish in the 1800s. The group took its name from a woman who had led a movement against landlords in Ireland. Molly Maguires...

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Anthracite coal mining, along with the railroads, helped put Centralia Pennsylvania on the map. The first railroad with access to the town was the Mine Run Railroad. It was completed in 1854. With the...

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Until 1962, Centralia Pennsylvania was like many other anthracite coal region towns. While it had boomed during the heyday of coal mining in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the borough was now on...