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.


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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

The Ghost Town of Centralia

Graffiti – Centralia, Pennsylvania

For anyone wanting a weird and unsettling experience, I have just the place for you – Centralia, Pennsylvania. At one point during my youth in the 1970’s, I lived only 100 miles (160 km) from Centralia, but I never knew it existed until about a decade ago. Centralia has since been rediscovered by the Interweb crowd, and a lot has been posted online about it – including an official web page – so I won’t bore you with repetitive details. Just suffice to say that it’s goosebump creepy, and totally worth a visit when the leaves are off the trees — for heightened creepiness.


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Graffiti on the guardrails
Centralia, Pennsylvania
November 2013
Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens
Sony NEX-5R digital camera