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After 50 Years, Fire Still Burns Under Pennsylvania Town (Centralia, PA - Ghost Town)
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Rubinkam

Posted on 05/26/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

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21 posted on 05/26/2012 12:58:13 PM PDT by 10mm
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To: AnAmericanMother

Most people would be surprised just how many there are, back in the woods, nowhere near a modern road. Southern frontier era families had family graveyards, and those who haven’t died out or moved on still do, those are the three I try to help maintain, they belong to my own family.

Wandering the woods, if you come upon a patch of periwinkle, chances are there’s an old family cemetery. Many are marked with fieldstone set on end. They usually got “lost” due to the Civil War and the aftermath of it, a lot of poverty and dislocation.


22 posted on 05/26/2012 1:02:43 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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Related op-ed posted to FR last year ... this has some great background into the comedy of errors that occurred by both governments and environmental activists after the fire began in 1962.

“Centralia is a metaphor showcasing government failure while exposing environmental activists’ true agenda.

Government’s inability to solve the problem has extended the crisis and escalated the costs. Their best effort is to put up a few warning signs and hope it goes away.

Silence is also deafening from the Green crowd. When confronted with a real environmental disaster their inaction is morally repugnant. Can’t let toxic fumes or scorched earth stop them from their true purpose, fundraising!”

The Best-ever Symbol of Government Incompetence?

American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2011 | Alan M Aszkler

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2716981/posts


23 posted on 05/26/2012 1:28:10 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

If I remember correctly, several early attempts were made to put the fire out with no effect whatsoever. There are a lot of air passages in coal seams as well as a limitless supply of methane and other volatile gases to keep it going.

The air is limited and if they ever hit a wide fissure that can suppply lots of air the fires will become quite large as they are now smoldering due to lack of oxygen.


24 posted on 05/26/2012 2:25:06 PM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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Good afternoon.

Are the mine fires near Scranton and Pittston still burning? It has been a while since I have heard an update.

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25 posted on 05/26/2012 2:32:21 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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26 posted on 05/26/2012 2:42:46 PM PDT by Prospero
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I've got family all over NW GA and NE AL, with private graveyards and graveyards attached to churches - some still active, some with no congregation. We joke that our family's old church in Uchee, AL - the last active member died in 1982 - is the only independent Baptist Church in the country with an Episcopalian, two Methodists, and a Catholic (me) on the board!

Our ggg grandfather who was a deacon there must be rolling in his grave out there behind the church if he knows that so many of his descendants have done backslid on him!

Since you maintain a couple of cemeteries, what's the best way to repair a marble stone that has broken? I've seen everything from cement to bathtub caulk to roofing tar . . . .

27 posted on 05/26/2012 2:43:58 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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I don’t know about the Scranton and Pittston mines... I do find your last name intriguing.. Any relation to Jack?!!


28 posted on 05/26/2012 2:46:36 PM PDT by momtothree
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Any relation to Jack?!!

I was curious if you would notice. Yes, my uncle.

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29 posted on 05/26/2012 2:53:36 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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The best way is to adhere it into place with the least visible thing you can lay hands on that you believe will do the job; there's not a single, standard answer that I'm aware.

If it's a really old, slender slab of marble I'd suggest either tile grout tinted to match or some variety of superglue/gorilla glue sealed with clear caulk after it dries. Caulk isn't too good long term if very much will be exposed to the elements as far as appearance, but it does keep those elements out of the crack, an important consideration if freezing is a concern.

Heavier stuff requires heavier stuff. I've seen cement. I've seen cast iron rods used sort of like dowels, an older professional repair I suspect.

So, the answer is “it depends,” lol. What you're able to work with for reliably adhering it into place, plus a sealant that sits well aesthetically, if your adhesive, cement or what have you isn't effectively sealing the repair in and of itself.

30 posted on 05/26/2012 3:08:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: DogByte6RER

At least they have free Centralia heating there.


31 posted on 05/26/2012 3:10:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

After replying I realized that it had never really dawned upon me, that there are a lot of ancestry groups and church committees charged with the same task,and that there would be a consensus of sorts reached over the past decade or two regarding how to go about this.

Here’s a very thorough PDF off of Ancestry.com:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncomgs/tombstone.pdf

I was pretty close with my ad hoc advice, but they’re recommending a very specific “knife grade” epoxy, it hardens and fills in the damage, especially good for mower damaged corners and such.

Be very careful with Roundup around marble, too. It eats it over time.


32 posted on 05/26/2012 3:43:24 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: DogByte6RER

I heard the fire was started by local townspeople, probably kids, who used to dump their trash in a pit.


33 posted on 05/26/2012 9:40:47 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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Thanks DogByte6RER. Geothermal energy ping. ;’)


34 posted on 05/26/2012 10:18:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Polished hardwood floors, in my opinion, are much “warmer” than wall to wall carpeting. You may vacuum the rugs regularly but after a while, you just don’t know what gets lodged in those carpet fibers. At least with a hardwood floor, you can scrub it clean and is shines!


35 posted on 11/21/2016 5:26:47 PM PST by SamAdams76
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