“Centralia's abandoned highway”
Because of the coal mine fire in Centralia, the original branch of Routes 54 and 61, which went from Centralia to Ashland, has been permanently closed because the road has severely opened up and buckled extensively. It's covered in graffiti, making it a popular photo op. Be careful not to breathe in any smoke or steam. It's toxic.
Not worth the time. It is now covered up. Can't see a thing.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/graffiti-highway-closing-trnd/index.html --- updated Apr 08, 2020 --- CNN affiliate WNEP reported on Monday that crews from a local coal company hired to haul dirt were working to cover the highway as tourists came to get one last look.
"We'll bring in approximately 400 loads of material, and then we'll level it off, and then we'll probably plant it, and hopefully, there will be trees and grass growing there," Vincent Guarna of Fox Coal Company told WNEP.
Guarna told WNEP that Pagnotti Enterprises, which owns the property, hired them to cover the "Graffiti Highway" because of liability issues and concerns that large crowds were gathering there.
CNN was not able to reach Pagnotti Enterprises for comment.
"I think a few weeks ago, there was a fire there, people just starting fires," Guarna told WNEP. "They're doing a lot of damage to the community there, and it's time that ends right now."
He said it would take three or four days to cover the road.
Fun offbeat place to legally spray paint! Not visible from road. Climb the small hill near the arrow road sign and skirt a gross flooded area and there you are. Bring your paint cans
It was awesome I love small stops like this we did encounter a jerk with a drone who didnt want us to walk down any more but it was a nice stop
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