Skip to comments.After 50 Years, Fire Still Burns Under Pennsylvania Town (Centralia, PA - Ghost Town)
Posted on 05/26/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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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.
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
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.
Are the mine fires near Scranton and Pittston still burning? It has been a while since I have heard an update.
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 . . . .
I don’t know about the Scranton and Pittston mines... I do find your last name intriguing.. Any relation to Jack?!!
I was curious if you would notice. Yes, my uncle.
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.
At least they have free Centralia heating there.
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:
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.
I heard the fire was started by local townspeople, probably kids, who used to dump their trash in a pit.
Thanks DogByte6RER. Geothermal energy ping. ;’)
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!
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