Centralia Loses Another Resident, Home Abandoned

Womer House Centralia Abandoned Detail
Detail of a photo showing the Womer house. Credit: Jason Gunoskey

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8 Responses

  1. Thomas Herrick says:

    As a former resident of Centralia, it’s a shame.

  2. adam says:

    Was she forced to leave?

  3. kayla says:

    why did she move?

    • Natalie says:

      Technically, it wasn’t her home, but her father’s. The government cut a deal about 10 years ago with the few remaining homeowners that they could stay in their homes, but upon death, the property ownership would revert back to the state. When her father passed in 2014, she began looking for another home.

  4. Matt H says:

    Just finishing David DeKok’s book on Centralia and the fire. He didn’t paint the best picture of Helen but I’m sure she was doing what she thought was best under terrible circumstances. It’s a tragic story and one that has fascinated me. My thoughts and prayers to all with ties to the borough.

  5. Pamela says:

    I just watched a YouTube documentary called Centralia full documentary….I cried…a lot! I’m 29 years old and I’m not a big Cryer but I literally cried! I hope to go there soon and see it but I don’t have the funds…I want to see it before it all goes…I’m going to tell my children and future children about this town! I officially hate pensilvania for doing this to such a historic and amazing town! I’m just in so much shock and amazement and anger and sadness…I loved the updates on how the people are doing and all but it’s not fair!! When I saw the documentary I had to know what happened like an urge and I wanted to help save Centralia just like John wanted to…I really felt what they felt….now I’m just sad…

  6. Mrs Meryl Goodrum says:

    Just read David Dekok’s book too. Excellent and very powerful. I understand the reluctance of the residents to leave their town. The book made me so angry with the authorities who let Centralia down. I want to visit. God bless Centralia.

  7. Aaron morris says:

    Was there today and the house has been ransacked. Door is gone. More graffiti. Every window broken. It’s a shame. Today was my first visit. I walked the streets and thought to myself what it must have been like when it was a thriving town. Very sad.

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