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post #1 of 24 Old 01-15-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wheeling in Centralia - The "Real Silent Hill"

This is about my 15th or so trip to Centralia. As usual, for those who don't know, Centralia is located in east central Pennsylvania, not far from the former off-road park Paragon. There is a coal mine fire that has been burning under Centralia since the late 60's. The coal veins under Centralia and the neighboring towns are made up of Anthracite Coal. This type of coal is the cleanest & longest burning coal in the world. It has been estimated that the coal under Centralia can burn for another 250-500+ years, and possibly wipe neighboring towns off the map. The exact thing that has happened to Centralia.

This was more about wheeling & exploring the woods than Centralia itself. These are all shots with my cell phone. I'll upload some shots off my D2x (DSLR) later.

Here are some videos (not from this trip - but several trips over the years - I can take much better ones on the next trip):





The group (My ZJ: No lift, 30" AT's, open front/rear; Buddies ZJ: AT's, 2" lift; Buddies MJ: 31" MT's, lift, LSD in rear Ford 8.8, 97-01 XJ front grill, bumper & fogs, etc.):



Trails:














Branch removal:








Poser flexing:




Very steep, slippery trail with some big rocks - does not look bad at all in these photos:










And back in Centralia:



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All in all it was a great time. The MJ had a rear passenger side shock rip off the axle side. That was the only damage aside from the usual brush/tree memories, errr.. scratches.

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I can't see any pics. I always wanted to go there and look around always interested me

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Ordinary cars lie to you. They tell you that everything is controlled, warm, safe, smooth ---- we know this is a general falsehood. There is extreme beauty in the world and the best way to find it is to be out in it --- all the way. In a Jeep. Cause you can't get there in a Camry.
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Hmm, can you see the photos now?

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Yea I see em looks like a fun trip

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Ordinary cars lie to you. They tell you that everything is controlled, warm, safe, smooth ---- we know this is a general falsehood. There is extreme beauty in the world and the best way to find it is to be out in it --- all the way. In a Jeep. Cause you can't get there in a Camry.
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Always been interested in this. Got any pics of the town? Are there still buildings left and stuff? How did the fires get started? Why dont they blow the town up and start mining?
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Always been interested in this. Got any pics of the town? Are there still buildings left and stuff? How did the fires get started? Why dont they blow the town up and start mining?
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Currently there are approx 5-7 buildings left. Auto Sales/Mechanic building, a couple houses, a church, and a municipal complex.

The first started when they lit the town dump on fire back in the 60's. The fire spread to an open coal vein in the dump and became what we see today. The fire does move around as well.

Due to the residents still living in town they can't do anything with the town. The reason residents are staying around is many, but it has been stated that they are assuming the state will dig up the town. It has been claimed that there are millions of dollars of minerals under the town.

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Looks awesome. I cant wait to see it myself.

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I was up there wheeling around a bit on Saturday. We went into the main town and made a left up the hill at the house on Main St up towards a grave yard.

We checked out some of the smoking spots, then continued up the hill some more till we saw a trail with fresh tracks in the snow. We explored a little to the east but I wasnt sure how much of it we could go on.

Are all the trails up near there pretty much open? We plan on returning near the end of February.

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Anyone interested in planning a trip here in the future? I'm about idk 2 ish hours away. I went up there last time in my jeep before lift and tires. I'd like to go with a group this time. Pm me and maybe we can plan something out

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Yes I definitely wanna check this out. We have our own underground mine fire where I wheel but its not as dramatic as its mostly been contained... I wanna wheel in the ghosttown
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We may be going back again soon. I have to work out all the kinks in the latest ZJ acquisition before I can wheel it. The problem is, with the amount of interest we have, there would be a good 25-35 rigs, which would be impossible to deal with.

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I probably won't be going until after the winter... I have to get a winch and I wanted to upgrade to long arms first. The trails we ride here are punishing enough... I wanna make sure I'm ready for anything..
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The good thing about Centralia is that it's not bad wheeling. The trails are all pretty easy. My last stock ZJ had no issues.

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Oh ok. The trails around laurel run mine fire are pretty nasty in parts. lots of old logging roads and mule trails. As well as tons of water runoff paths and limestone outcroppings. some of it is pretty challenging even with a high lift...
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