Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

I first heard about Centralia Pennsylvania on a bad TV show called "Real People" they did a segment on the town and about the underground coal fire that has been burning since the 1960's.

Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

When I found out that Centralia was just fifteen miles from Knoebels I had to go check it out and have an adventure.  This is what we saw when we pulled up, a cemetery with charred smoking ground all around it.

Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

The fire began when a fire in the town's dump ignited the coal vein that runs under Centralia and over forty years later it's still burning.

The Phoenix Roller Coaster @ Knoebels Amusement Resort

There's not much left to Centralia besides a few houses and a lot of empty lots and streets with no one living on them.  Of course who would want to live in a town with toxic fumes and a fire constantly burning below you.

Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Centralia, the scorched earth town!  There are a few chimneys ran down to the fire I guess to keep gasses from building up under pressure and exploding.



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