Today we are going to change the film set for a place that was the inspiration for a serie of video games.

We traveled to the state of Pennsylvania, concretely in the county of Columbia, where is located Centralia, the village scene of the famous video game Silent Hill.

It is not surprising that Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of the game, looked at this town for the development of the plot as we are truly speaking of a ghost town.

Silent Hill video game

Silent Hill video game

The misty village of Silent Hill was inspired by Centralia, although to create the map it was taken as reference different places of Japan.

But let’s focus on the history of Centralia and how it became the ghost town that inspired the video game.

In 1962 there was an accidental fire in the coal mine that most of the inhabitants lived on, and on which Centralia was built. This catastrophe is said to be a mistake of the city council to burn a landfill, other sources deny that it was by order of the city council.

The fact is that the mine ignited and although it is said that a lot of people ran to put out the fire, this was only achieved with the flames of the surface. Under the ground, the fire continued to spread throughout the mine.

Gas meters were installed in all homes to control carbon monoxide. It was turned a blind eye to the spread of underground fire, and after 22 years in which the fire did not cease underground, in 1984 suddenly a hole in the ground about 45 meters deep. The temperature at that depth was around 70 degrees.

That same year was approved the relocation of the inhabitants, turning Centralia into a ghost town.

Centralia 1962

Centralia 1962

To give the village a more evil view, some people are said to still live there. Those who have refused to relocate, despite the risk of gas emanation and soil collapse. There are no longer direct road to Centralia, an the highway that led there, the 61, has a detour to avoid passing through. The roads of the place lead nowhere The only part f the city that still remain intact are its four cemeteries.

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The fire continues to spread and although it began in 1962, there is still no plan to end it today. Experts predict it to last even more than 200 years.

Do not you think it’s a ghostly place? At least you can not doubt how dangerous it is.

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