Every day I cross the Maclay Street bridge on my way to work and on my way home. I’ve noticed how overgrown the weeds have gotten and how they seemed to have taken over the sidewalks. Finally, I found myself sitting on the bridge in traffic and looked over to my left. I was looking through the side of the bridge to the railroad tracks below.
How do things get this bad? I mean, if your house had a hole this big in the wall, and you found yourself looking outside, wouldn’t you fix it?
Following are a series of photos I took as I walked across the bridge. Hopefully this gains some awareness to the fact that this area is in dire need of attention. I hope to schedule a public/community cleanup day in the near future. If the city isn’t going to do it, then let the concerned citizens of Harrisburg spearhead the initiative and accomplish things.
Our second stop on our Pennsylvania photo trip was the Concrete City located near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. This area was built in 1911 for the management of the local coal industry. The area was abandoned in 1924 and left to be reclaimed by nature. In 1998 the Concrete City was declared a historic site.
The site is often used for paintball games. In fact, there were quite a few people playing paintball when we arrived. They kindly stopped their game and notified others that we were there. If you are a photographer and looking for an end-of-the-world type of setting for a photo shoot, this is the place!
Over the weekend I had a chance to visit Centralia, Pennsylvania with some friends. Centralia is a town in the coal region of Pennsylvania has had a coal fire burning below it since 1962. Most of the residents have moved but some still remain.
Interesting notes via Wikipedia:
Vent pipes that vent gases from the mine fire burning below dot the landscape.
Politics in Centralia, Pennsylvania. A sign from the residents of Centralia to the Governor or Pennsylvania.
Cemetery headstones visible beyond a wasteland landscape.
S S Peter-Paul North Cemetery.
St. Ignatius Cemetery.
Old Route 61 which is abandoned and falling apart due to the coal fire burning beneath it.
The coal fire burning below old Route 61 has destroyed the road surface.
This pit outside the cemetery contains a crack that is smoking from the coal fire still burning since 1962.