From old mining villages to haunted bridges, America is crawling with abandoned places and no story is the same. Some were abandoned after shattered dreams; others were discarded and forgotten amidst intense tragedy. Although nature is reclaiming these abandoned places in every state, their history is not forgotten.
Centralia – Centralia, Pennsylvania
Just three hours from New York City rests the dilapidated coal-mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as the real-life Silent Hill. The cracked pavement that ushers you inside bears the spray-painted sign “Welcome to Hell” and smolders with a fire that can’t be put out.
This now-abandoned town was set ablaze in 1962 by a coal miner who accidentally started a fire at the Centralia mine. Decades later, the smoke still seeps through the soil and kills the plant life above. The air is toxic and almost everyone has moved out apart from just 10 residents who refused the state’s orders.