The Centralia Municipal Building is one of the last remaining structures in the town. Built in 1978 after the mine fire had already begun, the building played a major role in the history of the village.
Most notably, was the location of many heated Centralia PA Borough Council meetings. At these, residents butted heads with elected council members, as well as state and federal officials who were brought in to help decide the town’s fate.
It was at the municipal building where property owning residents came to decide the future of the town on August 8, 1983. During the referendum, they were asked to vote for or against relocating the town. Those in favor of relocation won the vote with nearly a 2:1 majority. And, it was with that Centralia, Pennsylvania’s fate was sealed.
The Centralia, Pennsylvania municipal building is located on the north end of town along Locust Avenue. Over the years it has fallen into disrepair. With only a few remaining residents, there is neither the money nor the manpower to tend to it.
The municipal building still houses a firetruck and ambulance. These are used to provide emergency services to residents in the surrounding towns such as Aristes to the north.
In late 2012 new siding was placed on the building. This replaced the old, yellow wooden siding that was slowly rotting away. Also, around the same time the sign hanging on the exterior brick wall was changed.
Previously letters near the entrance of the building read “Municipal Building, Borough of Centralia, Columbia, Co., Pennsylvania.” Today the sign simply reads “Municipal Building.” Slowly, any mention of Centralia, PA is disappearing from sight.