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cache type Centralia, The Burning Town cache size

by mickemt
(Finds: 172   Score: 590.5)   (Hidden: 71   Score: 266)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 40° 48.241'   W 076° 20.442'
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Centralia ,    Pennsylvania    17927
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 05 Jul 2005
Waypoint (Landmark): N01AA5
Open Cache:    Unrestricted
Cache type:    Virtual
Cache size:    Virtual

Difficulty:   gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps gps (easy)
Misc:

Comments:
Use EXTREME CAUTION in the area! The fire is still active and venting gasses. Stick to paved areas and well used trails, BUSHWHACKING MAY BE DANGEROUS. Locals do still have walking trails in the area though. To log this cache, please upload a photo of you and your party near the Underground Mine Fire Warning signs at the detoru on RT 61 or in front of the Fire Dept building. If solo caching, a photo of your GPS in front of either location will be acceptible.



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Located on Rt 61 just a few miles North of Ashland PA. Centralia is located in a valley in the heart of the Anthracite region.


The above coordinates will take you to the center of Centralia PA. Centralia - Columbia County, Pennsylvania - The fire was started in a garbage dump over an open coal seam in May of 1962. The fire was reported and seemed to be quenched at the time, but actually continued underground. There are many additional versions of the original cause but the garbage pit and the date are probably right. First bid to extinguish the fire was $$175. In July of 1962, the Department of Environmental Resources started to monitor the fire. Boreholes were drilled to check to extent and the temperature of the fire. Some thought they also provided an natural draft which helped combustion. Gas monitors were also installed in most homes in the area above the hottest fire (the impact area). On May 22, 1969 the first three families were moved from Centralia. A trench was dug north of the Odd Fellows Cemetery where fly ash and clay seals were used in am attempt to put out the fire. According to Tony Gaughan (quoted in "Slow Burn"), if the trench had been dug in three shifts per day instead of one and if they had worked through the Labor Day holiday, the fire would have been contained. He said the project was $$50,000 short of completion. In 1980, the U.S. Bureau of Mines "Red Book" said, "The Centralia mine fire has not been extinguished and has not been controlled." In the year twenty-seven more families were moved at a price that was comparatively less than later buy-outs. On February 14, 1981, the ground collapsed under Todd Domboski. A hole about 4 feet in diameter and roughly 150 feet deep had opened under him. He clung to exposed tree roots and was pulled to safety by his cousin. The heat or the carbon monoxide in the breach would have been sufficient to kill him instantly if he had gone just a little deeper. This incident provoked the first national media attention. By 1983, the government said the fire was advancing on three or four fronts. Proposed trenching of the area might cost as much as $$660 million with no guarantee of success. One of the larger trenches would have bisected the town roughly from east to west. A government buy-out was proposed instead of the trenching and there was a referendum held. The homeowners voted to accept the buy-out 345 to 200. Only those whose names were on the deeds could vote. From 1962 to 1984, $$7 million had been spent. In November of 1983, $$42 million was voted for the buy-out. In 1983, there was fire under about 350 surface acres. By 1991, this area had been increased by about three-quarters. Worst case scenario would be about 3700 acres and possibly a hundred years. Finally 26 homes along Route 61 west of town were bought in April of 1991. There were no further plans to fight the fire. The population of Centralia as of 4/18/97 was 44 people and has dwindled since. There are just a few scattered homes today remaining in the town along with the borough hall. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania owns the remaining homes. The monetary value of each property is in escrow or tied up in the legal system. Until the remaining people move, the future of this town is unknown. The State is being very lenient at this time. The State owns the homes but the remaining people are still paying the property taxes on the houses. ABOVE INFORMATION FROM http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/the-story.htm PLEASE NOTE,
Use EXTREME CAUTION in the area! The fire is still active and venting gasses. Stick to paved areas and well used trails, BUSHWHACKING MAY BE DANGEROUS. Locals do still have walking trails in the area though. To log this cache, please upload a photo of you and your party near the Underground Mine Fire Warning signs at the detoru on RT 61 or in front of the Fire Dept building. If solo caching, a photo of your GPS in front of either location will be acceptible.





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Note 08 Mar 2014 by  DudleyGrunt   (Finds: 41   Score: 115.5)   (Hidden: 19   Score: 46)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
Came up from Maryland with the Zombie Horde and friends to tackle Raiders of the Lost Cache (GC2HN2H) and this. Most of the folks we were with oddly wear blinders when caching and will only allow themselves to see Groundspeak caches, even when it would take almost no additional effort to log a cache on another website, such as Navicache.



Well, at least my friend and fellow "unlimited" geocacher, sfcchaz, decided to ride along with me an we each claimed finds on 6 different GPS games. I got geocaching.com, Navicache, GPSgames (gc), a GeoVexilla flag, and Dashpoint, and a Munzee. He doesn't have a smartphone to do Munzee, but he did claim a TerraCaching Locational Cache of mine for his 6th, though.



I've been wanting to visit Centralia for some time for it's unique "abandoned" nature and for this triple listed cache. When I find a crosslisted cache, though, I will only log it as "found" on one site and as a not on the other(s), so I can keep better count of my unique cache finds. Glad to finally log this, especially since I had to pleasure of meeting the CO in NY a couple years ago.



While we were doing some nearby caches, a local muggle who worked with one of our party 10 years ago saw her post on Facebook and came found us. He told us the Centralia fire was finally put out 10 years ago. So far, I haven't been able to confirm this online, but guess I will trust him.



Thanks for giving me the excuse to finally come up here.



Happy Trails!

All Geocaches # 4743
All Geo-games # 7585
[Modified 2014-03-09 21:32:45]

   camera Dudley in Centralia
I found it! 08 Mar 2014 by  sfcchaz   (Finds: 45   Score: 129)   (Hidden: 1   Score: 3.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
#14 0f 20 for the day. I spent the day caching with DudleyGrunt in several of the listing services. Our goal today was to seek the Raiders of the Lost Cache and Centralia, The Burning Town caches with a large group from Maryland. We signed most of the logs with Centralia Group to save space as there we more than 20 people in our group. TFTC
   camera sfcchaz at Centralia PD
I found it! 05 Jun 2007 by  flper   (Finds: 3   Score: 8)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
WOW..

FLPER
   camera me at the sign
I found it! 24 Sept 2006 by  Gryffindor1   (Finds: 52   Score: 202.5)   (Hidden: 8   Score: 25)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I've been fascinated by this place ever since I heard about it. I was finally able to make the trip down here to see it first hand. It really is a sad story. I wasn't able to find the fire department or any warning signs, although I did a lot of driving around the area. I guess I wasn't driving in the right places :( I did find the Centralia bench at the given coords and the Municiple building. It would be interesting to come back in a hundred years or so, and see what changes occur.
   camera Gryffindor1 was here!
   camera Municiple Building
I found it! 22 Sept 2006 by  scoof   (Finds: 2   Score: 9)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
I was told that this would be an interresting visit. really hard to believe what is still going on there
I found it! 02 Sept 2006 by  hairymon   (Finds: 2   Score: 6)   (Hidden: 1   Score: 4.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
First out of state Navicache! Did it while visiting our family's "2nd home" in Beech Mountain Lakes. Thought this would be a good thing to do during Ernesto's rainy Saturday rather than just stay home. The lots with missing houses were amazing, never thought a "ghost town" existed in the East! Thanks MickEMT
[Modified 2006-10-21 08:40:14]

I found it! 29 Jul 2005 by  WhiteUrkel   (Finds: 172   Score: 635)   (Hidden: 40   Score: 156)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
FTF, as a virtual on Navicache, that is. I had the wife and kids along, and they were ribbing me that they thought "The Burning Town" was lame. But I don't think it's lame, amazing story, and the town was amazing to see. Thanks Mick.
[Modified 2005-08-09 11:13:49]

[Modified 2005-08-09 11:16:38]

   camera GPS with mine fire signage
   camera Me at Centralia
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