Centralia Field Trip

Come one, come all to Centralia Pennsylvania!

Centralia is a borough and near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only seven in 2013—a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962.

Centralia, which is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick metropolitan area, is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. It is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township. All real estate in the borough was claimed under eminent domain in 1992 and therein condemned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Centralia’s ZIP code was discontinued by the Postal Service in 2002. State and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents on October 29, 2013, allowing them to live out their lives there, after which the rights to their houses will be taken through eminent domain.

Places of interest include…

Centralia’s graffiti highway, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Centralia, and Abandoned Highway PA-61.

Bring your camera gear, water and snacks, $ and your sense of adventure as we explore these interesting areas.

The date of this field trip is Saturday June 30, 2018. It may take about two hours to drive so plan on meeting at the Park City Mall Boscov’s parking lot at 8 am. (The parking area is closest to the Long’s Park tunnel entrance.)

I drive a silver Hyundai Elantra and I will have room for 3. Please email me if you have any questions or you would like to ride up with me (csperko@comcast.net). You may call my cell at 717-330-8325.

Don’t miss out!