The Town That Was

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Categories: History, Biography
1hr 10min | 2007
In 1962, a trash fire ignited a seam of anthracite coal beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, a once thriving mining town of over 1600 people. By the mid 1980's, giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground, the local highway cracked and collapsed, trees were bleached white and petrified, as the fire continued to rage unchecked.

It wasn't until a young boy nearly died after falling into a smoldering mine subsidence that the government was pressed into action. After estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire at over a half a billion dollars, 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 TOWN THAT WAS is an intimate portrait of John Lokitis, the youngest remaining Centralian, and his quixotic fight to keep alive a hometown that has literally disintegrated under his feet. His unbowed determination and steadfast refusal to acknowledge defeat reveal a man, a town, a region, and a way of life abandoned and forgotten

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Topics: Trash, Alternative Living, Closed Caption, Environment, Pollution, Pennsylvania, Mining Town
Reviews: A+ 38 Fans
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February 1, 2015
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January 23, 2015
A+
Donna Freet
Donna Freet
January 20, 2015
A
I went to the Company Store in Centralia as a young child when my grandfather was an electrician in the mines. I remember a large fissure opening up along the road over time. It was a sad time for the people who lived there.
Walter Crawford
Walter Crawford
January 18, 2015
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great movie
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January 18, 2015
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January 18, 2015
I've bin going threw centrelia since 1979 my father owns a cabin in numedia so we live in. Ashland and would go threw centrelia every weekend now there is nothing its sad
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January 18, 2015
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January 17, 2015
The town that was: was a great film I give it A . But I was wondering has the fire gone up towards Artistes, or Down towards Ashland or near Mt Carmel at all. Is it just the town of Centrailia that's on fire. And on a map could u show how far it's spread. And our those people that were in the movie that are still leaving there still leaving there?
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July 6, 2014
A