Dispatches From the Town That's Always on Fire

It’s known as “the town that’s always on fire.” That’s because Centralia, an abandoned coal-mining town tucked away in eastern Pennsylvania, has been burning for 53 years. And according to this new video from Atlas Obscura’s series 100 Wonders, it won’t stop smoldering for another 250 years.

It all began, the filmmakers explain, with a Memorial Day dump fire in 1962. It was supposed to burn out on its own, as most dump fires do, but this one crawled underground and into an...


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