Category: History

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Along with its own post office, Centralia PA once had a postal ZIP code: 17927. Today, that code is no longer in use within the borough. It would be over dramatic to say that...

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Bootleg mining was one of the unique issues that complicated efforts to deal with the Centralia, Pennsylvania mine fire. As the name suggests, bootleg mining is not an law abiding, state sanctioned form of...

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By 1980 it was clear that Centralia, Pennsylvania was having a problem with mine gases. Soon, canaries would be called upon to save the day. The problem gases included carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and...

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By the late 1970s, the mine fire which started on the outskirts of Centralia, Pennsylvania was moving under the town itself. This caused numerous problems including ground subsidence and deadly gas emissions. The town’s...

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For Centralia, Pennsylvania, coal was both its fortune and its downfall. There are actually two types of coal in Pennsylvania – anthracite and bituminous. Anthracite is the type of coal which is located in...

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Centralia PA Early History Before the town of Centralia, PA existed, there was a vast expanse of mountain wilderness inhabited by tribes of Native Americans. That changed in 1749 when the Native Americans living...