I have a feeling blogorelli is going to be a little out of sorts with this post, but I just can’t resist. Did you realize that littered throughout Pennsylvania are numerous underground mines, long ago abandoned, that have one way or another caught fire and are predicted to continue to burn, for DECADES to come, smoldering underground?
Last year I went home to Pennsylvania with blogorelli, whose hometown was actually built on a mine, although not one burning in perpetuity. I repeatedly asked her about whether she had been in the mine, or knew anything about how one would get into the mine, or even if she would be able to find any of the entrances to said mine. She was frustratingly circumspect, due, I think, to an inexplicable lack of interest. I can’t believe she grew up knowing there were secret passageways, abandoned caverns, and perhaps mysterious dwellers lurking directly underneath her My Little Pony collection, and yet had not given it much of a thought.
Anyway, the most famous of these fires is in a little town called Centralia, which has all but been abandoned as a result of the authorities’ inability to stem the underground spread of the fire. Its kind of tragic, really, to think of this network of tunnels built for industrious human consumption, now literally smoking its residents out of their homes.