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Centralia is a borough and a near-ghost town in Columbia County. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 10 in 2010, as a result of the Centralia mine fire burning beneath the borough since 1962.
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Ok, it’s not close (1.25 hours away) and it’s not for everyone, but it’s one of the few ghost towns on the east coast. The underground mine fire has been burning for almost 60 years. If you do decide to go that way and want other things to see/do swing by the Pioneer Coal Mine in Ashland or…
Abandoned town that still to this day is burning from a coal fire... for years!! Worth the drive, but not really a good choice for the little ones.
Centralia is a ghost town of about 10 residents. The town was evacuated due to an underground mine fire which started in 1962. The fire still burns today. You can take a self-guided tour of the town and see barren neighborhoods, steam and heat rising from the ground and the "highway to Hell", an…