Well, I made it today, not much there, it had been a couple years since I was in Centralia. This year is the 20 year anniversary of the government buy out.
The mine fire still burns, almost 100% of the old home have been removed, so you have allot of square road grids that used to be the neighborhood with no homes, just over grown trees and yards of what used to be, concrete steps from the road up to nowhere.
These are pictures I took today of highway 61, the road still exists, but has been permanently detoured, I was able to clear the large dirt piles to access this area, the crevices all have smoke flumes rising from them and the fumes are noxious, numorous heaves exists, some I would say are close to 4' high on the road. I would like to think it would be more of a site in the fall and winter, or after a hard rain. Not sure how night would look as I did not see any embers glowing.
For the record, this is the only town in the USA that the government bought out due to an undergrown minefire they could not extinguish.
Yes, someone started this by burning trash in a pit that contain a large coal vein, the rest is history.