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Fire Underground

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Centralia, Pennsylvania, lived and died by anthracite coal. The town's population peaked at 2,761 in 1890, but by 1981 had dwindled to just over 1,000 - not unusual for a Pennsylvania mining town. But today (2010) Centralia has no more than a dozen inhabitants, and they are expected to be gone before long. The reason: an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia, making parts of the town uninhabitable. By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes, making children sick, and one day a twelve-year-old boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a U.S. congressman toured nearby. David DeKok describes how the fire began and how the majority of Centralia residents fought for and finally obtained relocation from the town, even as some of their neighbors claimed there was no threat. He reveals what happened to the few remaining diehards as the fiftieth anniversary of the fires' beginning nears.

The book is in excellent fine condition. Contains two sections of colour and b/w illustrations.

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Author(s):
David DeKok
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
15.4cm x 22.9cm
Edition:
2010
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0762754273
ISBN-13:
9780762754274
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
GPP
Title:
Fire Underground

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Centralia, Pennsylvania, lived and died by anthracite coal. The town's population peaked at 2,761 in 1890, but by 1981 had dwindled to just over 1,000 - not unusual for a Pennsylvania mining town. But today (2010) Centralia has no more than a dozen inhabitants, and they are expected to be gone before long. The reason: an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia, making parts of the town uninhabitable. By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes, making children sick, and one day a twelve-year-old boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a U.S. congressman toured nearby. David DeKok describes how the fire began and how the majority of Centralia residents fought for and finally obtained relocation from the town, even as some of their neighbors claimed there was no threat. He reveals what happened to the few remaining diehards as the fiftieth anniversary of the fires' beginning nears.

The book is in excellent fine condition. Contains two sections of colour and b/w illustrations.

Author(s):
David DeKok
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
15.4cm x 22.9cm
Edition:
2010
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0762754273
ISBN-13:
9780762754274
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
GPP
Title:
Fire Underground

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