Centralia, Pennsylvania is an increasingly popular place to visit, especially with those looking for something not found in a tourist guide!
Recently, Landon Ellis traveled to Centralia with his drone and captured some excellent aerial footage of what is left of the town. The three minute video takes viewers over some of the key landmarks in the area, providing a fascinating look at what remains.
The video begins looking south along Locust Avenue/Route 61. In the distance, the town of Ashland can be seen. It jumps to an overhead view of the St. Ignatius Church cemetery and moves over the abandoned section of Route 61, now popularly known as the Graffiti Highway. From above the graffiti covered highway, the drone slowly descends. Eventually, it reveals several people standing there, including the drone’s operator.
The video cuts to the southern end of abandon Route 61 and begins tracking northward. A montage of clips reveals numerous four wheelers driving over the highway. Spray painted graphics and inscriptions are visible on the decaying asphalt surface below.
Around the 1:20 mark, a flyover shot shows a few vehicles and people wandering near a large chasm in the road. This was caused by ground subsidence as a result of the ongoing mine fire under Centralia PA.
Unfortunately, the quality of the video is a bit pixelated around this part. This is a real shame and might be due to the fine details found on the road’s surface.
The drone takes off again from a new location, which appears to be the west end of Laurel Street. It heads south across Railroad Avenue along Trautwine Street. Stopping near two of the last remaining homes in Centralia, the drone rises up and pans to the west. A large strip mine is visible in the distance.
Next, the video shows someone walking near a pile of garbage at the end of a secluded street. Sadly, it appears that illegal dumping continues in Centralia, Pennsylvania. It’s a reminder of just how much this town and its few remaining residents need our respect and support.
The video ends with the drone heading north to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Here, the beautiful blue domed center tower can be seen. As the drone pans around the church, the video and music slowly fade out.