The Real Silent Hill [Centralia Pennsylvania Ghost Town]

Centralia, Burning Ghost Town – Pennsylvania USA

There’s a small town in America by the name of Centralia in Pennsylvania that looks like it has been hit by the apocalypse.

Can You Visit The Real Silent Hill?

Centralia, PA, has a vacationer issue thanks to its long-burning underground coal fire and also ghost community standing. Centralians themselves couldn’t be less delighted about Silent Hill, considering that the brief organization the film made in between Silent Hillside and also Centralia is currently among the better-known points regarding the town.

Is Silent Hill Still Burning?

Roughly 500 buildings were knocked down, leaving the community resembling a scene out of the 2006 horror movie Silent Hill (which was, in truth, partly inspired by Centralia). Today, just 11 citizens still live there. They state that the still-burning coal fire is no more a hazard to the town or its air quality.

What happened to Centralia?

The Centralia mine fire is a coal-seam fire that has actually been burning below the district of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at the very least May 27, 1962. The fire is believed to be from calculated burning of garbage in a previous strip mine, sparking a coal fire. The fire caused much of the town to be deserted.

The town was left abandoned after a coal mine fire began to burn more than 56 years ago. Underground mine fires are common across the globe there are thousands that have been burning uncontrollably for many years.  Australia’s burning mountain is believed to have been burning for 6,000 years.  Centralia’s fire started in 1962 when residents turned an old strip mine into a dump and set the rubbish a blaze. The fire spread to an unsealed opening to the underground coal mines igniting a seam of coal and the fire has been burning to this day.  The fire stretches 12 kilometers and burns underneath an area of 15 square kilometres 300 feet below ground.  Authorities say the fire could burn for another 250 years. The fire continued to rage unchecked into the 1980s giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground. The local highway cracked and collapsed trees were bleached white and petrified and people complained about breathing problems after estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire at over half a billion dollars.  The government opted to raze the town and relocate its residents.  Centralia used to have a thousand people living in the town.

Is Valkenvania a Real Place?

Much of the manuscript’s unusual personalities and also occasions, such as the gigantic mutant children, were based on a series of dreams Aykroyd was having, and he established the story in the fictional community of Valkenvania, which was based loosely on the community of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Where Did They Film Silent Hill?

Avary used Centralia, Pennsylvania as an idea for the town. Recording started in February 2005 with an estimated $50 million budget and was fired on sound sets as well as on place in Canada (Brantford, Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario).

What Is The Longest Burning Fire In The World?

A coal seam-fueled everlasting fire in Australia known as “Burning Mountain” is claimed to be the world’s longest burning fire, at 6,000 years old.

A coal mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania, has actually been burning underneath the district since 1962.

About five residents still live there today despite there being nothing there.  All real estate the town was claimed under eminent domain in 1992 and condemned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The remaining residents were being forced to move but in 1993 they started to fight for the right to stay. After a lengthy legal battle state and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents in 2013.  Allowing them to live out their lives after which the rights of their houses will be taken eminent domain. There is a very little left in the town of Centralia except for roads that lead nowhere.

In a few scattered buildings for the remaining residents Pennsylvania route 61 used to stretch through Centralia but it was destroyed by the underground fire and cracks tearing through the ground. It would make you think a severe earthquake struck the area the town now mostly attracts tourists who visit an abandoned highway where many profanities and obscene pictures are sprayed onto it.

Over time the highway has earned the nickname graffiti highway sort of reminds me of the Cadillac Ranch where there are ten Cadillac cars face down in the dirt and people visit the cars to spray paint onto them.  When you see before-and-after images of the town when there was a thousand people who lived in it and now five it is very similar to the before-and-after images of her.

Jason Smith

Former Marine, IT Guy & Builder of Websites.  I have 5 US states left to visit. I enjoy hot springs, adventures, hiking, photography, sci-fi, wine, coffee & whiskey.  I am fluent in sarcasm, name that tune, & speak in movie quotes.  I spend most of my time building websites, fixing computers, metal detecting, magnet fishing and gaming occasionally.

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