Who Owns Centralia PA?

Former home of Carl and Helen Womer in Centralia Pennsylvania. Credit: Flickr/mdesjardin

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11 Responses

  1. KJ Pfluger says:

    I just watched the video, “The Town that Was” and googled a follow up on John Lokitis. Why was he forced to leave Centrailia in 2009 and others were allowed to stay there?

    • Centralia PA says:

      The others were part of a lawsuit to fight the eviction notices the state of Pennsylvania sent to them. They ultimately won the right to stay in their homes until they pass on. However, they technically do not own their properties anymore. They cannot sell them or give them to others.

  2. Tina Kaiser says:


    I am the US Correspondent of Germany’s biggest sunday newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”. I just came across the story of Centralia and find it astonishing. Many journalists have written about the town before but not in Germany.

    I therefor think it is a story German readers would like to read. Could you let me know how I can get in touch with you? Please send me an Email and we can take it from there. It’s kind of time sensitive unfortunately as I am leaving for my Christmas holiday by the end of next week. Would be great if you could contact me as soon as you get this. Thank you very much.

    Kind regards, Tina

    • Barry says:

      Tina, somewhere I have many pics of Centralia from approx 15. years ago. That was my first visit,on a motorcycle ride. I also have pics from a more recent visit, about 8-9 years ago. If your interested I could find a place to scan them & send them to you. I’ve been extremely interested in this town since I first heard of it. I’m curious to know how the remaining residents have water service. I can’t imagine well water being a way , considering it’s a mountain of coal. Neither does city water make sense, as it would need occasional maintenance

  3. robert hutchins says:

    i am doing a school report and this is my topic its really cool

  4. Chrystal sylvester says:

    I have been here and it is insainly crazy the feeling you get from walking through that town that was once there.

  5. Joy Jones says:

    My interest was aroused when I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods.
    I wanted to know more about Centralia. Thank you.

    • Kylie Steel says:

      Hi Joy, I saw your comment whilst I was looking up information about Centralia. I too am reading A Walk in the Woods. It’s an interesting read and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. Cheers Kylie

  6. Kylie Steel says:

    I too am currently reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Until reading about it in his book, I was completely unaware that the town existed and googled for information. The history and story of its residents is both amazing and sad at the same time.

  7. Margaret says:

    A very good read. Real intriguing.

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