Friday, October 16, 2009

Centralia on WGAL

Our local NBC station WGAL has some pretty good photos from Centralia, both from its boom and the present day. Looks like you can upload your pics there too, so if you've got some, go for it!

Friday, October 9, 2009

We're Back!

After a long series of time constraints, my move upstate, and ongoing pennilessness, Brian and I finally have some new photos of our old favorite town, Centralia. Whatever else this blog becomes, I hope to continue documenting the deterioration of the abandoned stretch of Route 61.

It's been two years, and a lot has changed in town. The "UNDERGROUND MINE FIRE" sign is gone, as well as the green bench and I did not see the street sign at Park and Locust. I was surprised to see windmills on the other side of the mountain, as well! As for the highway, spray-painting has picked up quite a bit, and more importantly, the fissure has widened and spread. For reference, here are a few shots from summer 2007:




Brian took these a couple weeks ago:






Hopefully there will still be an abandoned stretch of 61 in a couple years! Even on the portions where there aren't cracks, the road is much less level than it was back in '07 -- pretty disturbing, now that I think about it, and I think you can see it in the pictures as well.

And while we might not be able to post every week like we did in our heyday, I think we'll have some new explorations coming soon.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Urbandecay on Flickr

We're honored to feature these photos from Urbandecay, a tremendous photographer who has visited some notable PA abandonments, including Bethlehem Steel and the Ashley and St. Nicholas coal breakers.

Urbandecay has hundreds more abandonment photos at his Flickr -- be sure to check it out!

ForgottenPA's Fan Box

About ForgottenPA

Created by Al Ebaster in 2007 after a trip to Centralia, ForgottenPA has become one of Pennsylvania's most popular urban-exploration websites. Brian is our photographer, and we're happy to have Ethan Smith, aka Bluecapriethan in the comment sections, on board as an author and photographer as well.

We're always accepting photo submissions! Email your photos to, with a few words about where and when they were taken.

Want to join us? If you have a Blogger/Gmail account and a passion for Pennsylvania abandonments, send us some urban-exploration photos and a few words about yourself to Our authors retain all rights to the material they post, and are free to publish anything relevant to PA urban exploration at their own pace.
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