Silent Hill

Centralia, Pennsylvania

United States of America


Centralia, Pennsylvania





Centralia, known for being the basis in the film Silent Hill, is a near abandoned ghost town. A coal mine that is constantly burning beneath the borough is the reasoning for its abandonment. In pop culture and journalism, the borough is frequently related to Hell.


Centralia is a borough and near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only five in 2017—a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. Centralia, which is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick metropolitan area, is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. It is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township.

All real estate in the borough was claimed under eminent domain in 1992 and condemned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Centralia's ZIP code was discontinued by the Postal Service in 2002. State and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents on October 29, 2013, allowing them to live out their lives there, after which the rights to their houses will be taken through eminent domain.

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