We spotted this handsome devil while driving somewhere through southern Pennsylvania many years ago. A classic scene for the area – a big proud red rooster atop a stone wall, daring all challengers to step up and go toe-to-toe with him.
Photo info: Red rooster A farm in southern Pennsylvania March 2006 Canon PowerShot G3
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
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.
Photo info: Graffiti on the guardrails Centralia, Pennsylvania November 2013 Sony 10-18/4.0 ASPH lens Sony NEX-5R digital camera