Sunday, October 7, 2007

Yet Another Centralia Trip

Like every ghost town, Centralia is slowly falling apart. Even today, it wasn't the place it was when we first visited in July -- old 61 is much worse now. The fissures have gotten wider, dozens of new cracks have shown up, even in the median, and the entire left lane is starting to collapse.

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That row home, Joe Moyer's residence until his death in 2004, was destroyed this summer. Fortunately, we got a few pictures of it on our first Centralia trip.

It's surreal and depressing. Centralia's fate was sealed a long time ago, but I love the place and wish it weren't being destroyed like this.


Urbanist said...

Yeah, I bet that landscape changes a lot over time ... should be interesting to see what it's like in a decade too :o

The young fogey said...

As you might remember I told you I was in Centralia in 2004 and feel the same way.

I read about Mr Moyer in an article and his story was in the film The Town That Was: an old miner with black lung who spent part of each day with an oxygen tank and mask. He raised homing pigeons and was Centralia's constable, patrolling the town in his car and finding those who'd died at home.

May he and all the many faithful departed of Centralia rest in peace.

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