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(The Daily Item)   COVID-19 kills off what the nearly 60 year old mine fire in Centralia, PA could not   (dailyitem.com) divider line
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2020-04-06 4:19:47 PM  
Pyramid Head?
 
2020-04-06 4:37:37 PM  
Anyone able to play "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" backwards?
 
2020-04-06 5:21:44 PM  

vudukungfu: Anyone able to play "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" backwards?


I believe it says, "Satan eats Cheez Wiz."

/obscure?
 
2020-04-06 5:51:27 PM  
Bunch of knuckleheads had to ruin it for everyone else.
 
2020-04-06 5:51:36 PM  
It belongs in a museum.
 
2020-04-06 5:51:43 PM  
How about staying home?
 
2020-04-06 5:52:02 PM  
Sounds like nothing but trouble to me.
 
2020-04-06 5:52:06 PM  

drlcb: It belongs in a museum.


No it doesn't.
 
2020-04-06 5:54:06 PM  

FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.


Yes it does
 
2020-04-06 5:55:41 PM  
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2020-04-06 5:55:42 PM  

JJRRutgers: Bunch of knuckleheads had to ruin it for everyone else.


That's the story of America, really
 
2020-04-06 5:56:57 PM  
I've been there a few times. It's kinda neat in a humbling sort of way, but it's no big deal that they're covering it over. Aside from that and a smoldering hole by the church as you enter where the town used to be there's nothing left. It's a long way to go for something that is far more interesting in print than in person.
 
2020-04-06 5:58:21 PM  
Sometimes, dead dirted over is better
 
2020-04-06 5:58:30 PM  

BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does


That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.
 
2020-04-06 6:02:25 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: JJRRutgers: Bunch of knuckleheads had to ruin it for everyone else.

That's the story of America, really


You're. . . unfamiliar with world history, apparently.
 
2020-04-06 6:04:07 PM  
Damn, always kinda wanted to see that.
 
2020-04-06 6:04:26 PM  
I have pictures on an old phone from there. I guess I was technically trespassing, but there are some geocaches in the area we were doing.

In addition to the various dicks and obscenities there really were some interesting pieces of art.

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2020-04-06 6:04:47 PM  
That place is boring to go to anymore anyway. I went back in the 90s when steam and smoke were still rising from a number of spots and the cemetery.
 
2020-04-06 6:04:53 PM  

Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.


No it's not
 
2020-04-06 6:06:06 PM  

styckx: That place is boring to go to anymore anyway. I went back in the 90s when steam and smoke were still rising from a number of spots and the cemetery.


The smoke/steam is actually back along Big Mine Run Road below Centralia.  I heard it was pretty heavy over the winter.
 
2020-04-06 6:07:22 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not


It sure is!
 
2020-04-06 6:07:36 PM  

Ambitwistor: Sounds like nothing but trouble to me.


Hey, hey, ha! Ho ha! Heh heh heh heh! Hoola, Hoola, Hoola! The Boola Boola Boola! Look who's got the front seats to the Mexican hat dance now! Just like a bunch of spiders in a birthday cake!
 
2020-04-06 6:09:07 PM  
"has become a landmark for illegal visitors for its smoking cracked asphalt"

So let's roll some big, heavily-loaded dump trucks over it; WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

THERE'S your liability, dummy.
 
2020-04-06 6:09:22 PM  
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2020-04-06 6:09:39 PM  

baxterdog: BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not

It sure is!


It sure isn't!
 
2020-04-06 6:16:23 PM  

BunkyBrewman: baxterdog: BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not

It sure is!

It sure isn't!


By Jove if it ain't so!
 
2020-04-06 6:20:28 PM  

BunkyBrewman: baxterdog: BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not

It sure is!

It sure isn't!


That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.
 
2020-04-06 6:23:07 PM  
he said. "You can't paint on dirt."

You can't really dust for vomit.
 
2020-04-06 6:24:16 PM  
it's a shame because it was a time capsule in a way. that section of route 61 closed back in the early 90's (the current route around it is what was Main Street through the abandoned town of Byrnesville) and it was an older style highway with a low center concrete divide. you can even still see the bases to the old light posts. just a highway design that you don't see anymore

plus when you walk down the road, it was always fun to play "count the penises"

/folks around there just love their graffiti penises
 
2020-04-06 6:27:16 PM  
Smoking crack asphalt? The roads really are paved with gold crack in the US!
 
2020-04-06 6:28:02 PM  
I love the comments about hoping the landowner will change their mind and preserve it for tourists.

Dude... it's covered in dirt now. Something tells me their mind is made up.
 
2020-04-06 6:30:46 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: BunkyBrewman: baxterdog: BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not

It sure is!

It sure isn't!

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.


Not it's not
 
2020-04-06 6:32:22 PM  
WHAT town?  That coal fire under the town has been burning since 1962.
Instead of trucking in the dirt, wouldn't it be easier to just run something over it and ground it all up?
 
2020-04-06 6:32:55 PM  

rolladuck: BunkyBrewman: baxterdog: BunkyBrewman: Noah_Tall: BunkyBrewman: FlyingBacon: drlcb: It belongs in a museum.

No it doesn't.

Yes it does

That's not an argument, it's just contradiction.

No it's not

It sure is!

It sure isn't!

By Jove if it ain't so!


Bloody Hell, it shall be so!
 
2020-04-06 6:42:13 PM  

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2020-04-06 6:45:03 PM  
"We want these ATVs off the road"

"Cover it with dirt"

Brilliant
 
2020-04-06 6:50:21 PM  

bluorangefyre: vudukungfu: Anyone able to play "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" backwards?

I believe it says, "Satan eats Cheez Wiz."

/obscure?


Never
 
2020-04-06 7:06:34 PM  
Putting dirt over top paving is a pretty stupid idea. Rain on the dirt has nowhere to drain since "down" is blocked. Soil will turn to mush and erode. Taking the pavement out was the thing to do. I guess that was too expensive so it'll be put off until later.
 
2020-04-06 7:14:05 PM  
Had me worried for a while there, I have a lot of relatives in Centralia IL.

/ Actually, they've all died off in the past 10-15 years
// haven't been back there since Aunt Myrt died in, umm, '06?
/// never formed a relationship with the kids
 
2020-04-06 7:14:27 PM  
There is still miles of abandoned turnpike near Altoona with tunnels to explore in Pennsylvania
 
2020-04-06 7:19:11 PM  

spongeboob: There is still miles of abandoned turnpike near Altoona with tunnels to explore in Pennsylvania


It's actually right outside of Breezewood. It's coolest 13-mile bike ride in the world. 1000 feet into the Sideling Hill Tunnel and you'll feel like you're buried alive, and you'll still have almost a mile to go.

Altoona's neat attraction, if you're into engineering marvels, is the Horseshoe Curve, complete with one of the few remaining funicular railroads (also known as inclines) in the world.
 
2020-04-06 7:21:39 PM  
Look, if I argue with you I must take up a contrary position.
 
2020-04-06 7:22:53 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: spongeboob: There is still miles of abandoned turnpike near Altoona with tunnels to explore in Pennsylvania

It's actually right outside of Breezewood. It's coolest 13-mile bike ride in the world. 1000 feet into the Sideling Hill Tunnel and you'll feel like you're buried alive, and you'll still have almost a mile to go.

Altoona's neat attraction, if you're into engineering marvels, is the Horseshoe Curve, complete with one of the few remaining funicular railroads (also known as inclines) in the world.


And to the East is another engineering story: the home of the Johnstown Flood.
 
2020-04-06 7:23:39 PM  
Cut out the interesting chunks.  Sell them as art to raise money for charity.
 
2020-04-06 7:24:43 PM  
This saddens me greatly.  Used to go here every year when I visited my grandparents in Wilkes-Barre over the summer.

I wish that -61 (and all of Centralia, honestly) could have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and gotten support to maintain it.  Such a cool piece of history, now covered and gone.
 
2020-04-06 7:30:35 PM  

DecemberNitro: I love the comments about hoping the landowner will change their mind and preserve it for tourists.

Dude... it's covered in dirt now. Something tells me their mind is made up.


Problem solved:

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2020-04-06 7:32:55 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: spongeboob: There is still miles of abandoned turnpike near Altoona with tunnels to explore in Pennsylvania

It's actually right outside of Breezewood. It's coolest 13-mile bike ride in the world. 1000 feet into the Sideling Hill Tunnel and you'll feel like you're buried alive, and you'll still have almost a mile to go.

Altoona's neat attraction, if you're into engineering marvels, is the Horseshoe Curve, complete with one of the few remaining funicular railroads (also known as inclines) in the world.


We have a funicular here in Utah. Takes you from the parking lot to a five star hotel in Deer Valley. Not nearly as cool as a funicular that is needed to support actual transportation. But it's fun to ride, fun to look at from the chairlift, and kids under 10 think it's pretty cool.
 
2020-04-06 7:34:16 PM  
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2020-04-06 7:34:17 PM  
Tourists are annoying, but it's amazing the property owner and locals can't make lemonade out of lemons with an attraction like that. Probably descendants of the geniuses who started the fire.
 
2020-04-06 7:35:25 PM  

thorpe: Putting dirt over top paving is a pretty stupid idea. Rain on the dirt has nowhere to drain since "down" is blocked. Soil will turn to mush and erode. Taking the pavement out was the thing to do. I guess that was too expensive so it'll be put off until later.

When you own a coal mine, if the government doesn't force you to do something you don't it. Turns out that short-sighted tunnel vision is best for getting that black gold out of the ground and here we are.
 
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