Each year hundreds of people visit Centralia Pennsylvania. Many of them are coming to see what is left of the town. Others are there to view the steam generated by the mine fire. Still others are hoping to explore abandoned buildings and structures.
For the last group of visitors, mild disappointment awaits. Most of the homes and businesses in Centralia were torn down long ago. The majority of the residents began leaving in 1984. After they sold their homes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the structures were demolished and the ground leveled. Trees, shrubs, and flowers were planted.
Today, Centralia PA is more like an overgrown park than a ghost town. However, if you look hard enough, you can find a few decaying structures and many tantalizing remnants of the town that once was.
Keep in mine that if you are planning to visit Centralia, most of the homes that are still standing are occupied. Please be respectful of those residents who have chosen to remain in the town.
Below is a gallery of photos showing some of the abandoned places in Centralia Pennsylvania.