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Centralia, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)
     

Centralia, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Deryl B. Johnson
 

Centralia is the saga of a Pennsylvania community consumed by an underground mine fire. The town, founded in 1866, has often been embroiled in tragedy and controversy. Beginning with the infamous Molly Maguires, Centralia was confronted with the murder of its founder and an assault upon its Catholic priest, who cursed the town, saying, “One day this town

Overview


Centralia is the saga of a Pennsylvania community consumed by an underground mine fire. The town, founded in 1866, has often been embroiled in tragedy and controversy. Beginning with the infamous Molly Maguires, Centralia was confronted with the murder of its founder and an assault upon its Catholic priest, who cursed the town, saying, “One day this town will be erased from the face of the earth.” Almost one hundred years later, a vein of coal that ran underneath the town caught fire and has burned since 1962. In the 1990s, the state of Pennsylvania declared eminent domain and forced most of the town’s sixteen hundred residents to leave. Ten people remain in Centralia today. This book chronicles many of the images and stories from this fascinating and colorful Pennsylvania community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738536293
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/22/2004
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
720,665
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author


Deryl B. Johnson is a playwright, performer, and professor in the Department of Speech Communication & Theatre at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He has been researching and documenting the history of Centralia for years.

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