Fire, That is what destroyed this coal mining town in Pennsylvania.
An underground fire in coal viens burned for many years until the smoke and fumes got so bad that the Government bought up
most of the homes and relocated the residents. Only a few homes remain in Centralia today.
Unfortunately the mine fire was only a part of Centralia's history. The town was home to
people who came from other countries to find a better life. The coal industries provided employment so that people could live
in peace and raise their families. The hugh amount of coal that was produced helped heat homes locally and in many towns and
cities. It helped to fuel the industrial revolution and also it's contribution to the war effort.
Let us not forget the many men and women who served their country over the years. Centralia
also contributed many men and women to serve with religious organizations. Centralia does have a great history besides the
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