A Living Church in a Ghost Town

Ukrainian Catholic Church – Centralia, Pennsylvania

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pennsylvania is one of the few structures of the entire town of Centralia that remains standing — after a disastrous coal mine fire that began back in May 1962, which is expected to burn for hundreds of years. The rest of the town was declared a disaster zone and virtually all of the homes and businesses were razed, except for a few stubborn hold-outs. The church remained open — even though the town vanished around it — and a 1987 survey discovered that the building was on bedrock rather than coal, so plans to demolish the it were abandoned, and it remains open to this day.


Photo info:
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Centralia, Pennsylvania
November 2013
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera

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