Centralia – The Town That Was

In 1962, a trash fire ignited a seam of anthracite coal beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, a once thriving mining town of over 1600 people. After estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire the government opted to raze the town and relocate its residents. Today 11 die-hards remain. Filmed over a period of five years with interviews ranging from former residents to Congressmen, the documentary is an intimate portrait of John Lokitis, the youngest remaining Centralian.


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