Cleanup Day in Centralia PA

Cleanup Crew in Centralia Pennsylvania. Credit: EPCAMR

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7 Responses

  1. Ed Beers says:

    I am sorry I did not know about this cleanup day in Centralia. I would have loved to volunteer my time to help out. I have been interested in Centralia since I first disobeyed the signs and drove up the abandoned portion of Rte 61 in 1989 or 1990. When I got to Centralia I was shocked by what I saw. I went through a couple of times after.It was in late 2008 I started reading books on Centralia and visited right after Christmas and shot photos of what little remained in town. I did not get back to shoot more pictures until Feb. 2010 after two more homes were destroyed. I also shot photos that spring and noticed how people dumped trash all over. I can’t believe the disrespect people have. I have always respected the town and treated it like hallowed ground. It was where generations grew up. Just because they are gone doesn’t mean the memories have died. People need to realize that Centralia is NOT Silent Hill. That was a fictional place. Centralia is REAL, especially for those few citizens still remaining.Show some respect and grow up. I won’t even begin to talk about the obscenities spray painted on the former Rte 61. That is as disgusting as physical trash.

    • Centralia PA says:

      Hi Ed. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. And, you are so right. Centralia is a real and needs more people to care about the people who lived there and what remains of it today. Many of us believe it is worth preserving and remembering. There’s a lot to be learned from the town’s story.

      There’s going to be another cleanup day in 2015. Follow us on Facebook and we’ll be sure to post about it when it is announced.

  2. Ed Beers says:

    I hope I can make it up for the 2015 cleanup.I hope to get up there this coming week to shoot some more photos,particularly areas I haven’t done before. I just ordered two more books on Centralia from Amazon.

  3. Bobby Hughes says:

    Ed, send me your e-mail and I will keep you in the loop on the Spring 2015 Cleanup when EPCAMR plans to come back and finish what we started along the hillside slope below Park Street and along E. Railroad Street where there is plenty left to clean up. We filled two 40 cubic yard dumpsters within just a few short hours and since then I’ve secured additional funds for two more dumpsters should we need them in the Spring and there is no doubt in my mind that we will. Check us out as well on Facebook. This website supported our efforts for the first cleanup and I’m sure will be helping to promote our second effort in the Spring of 2015 and we’re looking forward to it!

  4. Colleen says:

    I was so glad to read this as my family is from Centralia. I remember being a kid and going outside to the back yard and picking up coal.
    My Grandmother and Grandfather lived next door to each other on Railroad avenue. I loved to hear their stories. My Aunt still lives in Mount Carmel and whenever we visit her I have to pass through Centralia

  5. Bobby Hughes says:

    The second cleanup is scheduled for May 16th, 2015 from 9-3pm. We’ll meet at the Municipal Building in town and walk a few blocks across the street down E. Railroad and up to a heavily wooded area that is below Laurel Street that we will be focusing our efforts on this year. See the post below for details.

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