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Abandoned Cities from Around the World: Deserted Towns and Other Derelict Places

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Lisa Wolfe
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« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2009, 01:22:59 pm »


•   Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, describes a visit to the town.
•   Jennifer Finney Boylan's novel The Planets (written under the name James Boylan) and its sequel The Constellations are both set in Centralia.
•   Centralia is the hometown of the main character in the novel Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline.
•   In the 2003 book Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer, Centralia is the inspiration for the fictional town of Limbo, Pennsylvania.
•   In March 1991, Centralia was the subject of an article ("Don't Go There") in National Lampoon magazine.
•   The main character in Joyce Carol Oates' The Tattooed Girl, Alma Busch, is from Centralia.
•   Douglas Soderberg's 1986 one-act play The Root of Chaos is set in Centralia.
•   People's June 22, 1981 issue discusses the borough's dilemma in "A Town with a Hot Problem Decides Not to Move Mountains but to Move Itself".
•   TIME also presents Centralia's problems in its June 22, 1981 issue, in "The Hottest Town in America".
•   Centralia is documented in photographs and oral histories in Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsylvania by Renee Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986.
•   Centralia is the model for the eponymous fictional town of Coal Run (novel) written by Tawni O'Dell. The book is about the life of Ivan Zoschenko, a former football hero known locally as The Great Ivan Z, but who is now the deputy of a nearby town. Ivan grew up in Coal Run, which, like Centralia, is nearly abandoned because of underground fires in the coal seams beneath the town. However, Coal Run's fires are a result of mine explosion that took the life of 96 men, including Ivan's father.
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