A screaming man is seemingly swallowed up by a huge crevice in the abandoned highway on the outskirts of Centralia, PA.

A mine fire has been burning under the town since 1962. A government relocation program began in 1984 and finished in 2005. Only a handful of residents and buildings remain of what was once a community of 1,000 people.

In 1994 this section of Route 61 was closed because of buckling of the pavement and a bypass was built around it. (The abandoned roadway is covered with colorful, but mostly profane graffiti which is not fit for children to see.)

(Canon 7D, ISO 500, F6.3, 1/200 sec, 35mm)

Date: 01/29/2012

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  • jules572
    jules572over 2 years ago

    Extreme measures to let go of one’s Primal Scream. Good one Mark…Jules

  • We actually had a lot of fun with this, and were laughing in between screams. The crevice is only about 2 feet deep.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlover 2 years ago

    Oh wow, this is awesome to see. I was watching a show where this structure guy went all over the country finding faults with our roadways, bridges, buildings, and such, I believe this may be the place that he went to investigate what had happened. I watched this show on the Discovery Channel or Travel Channel, or some channel like this. I could be wrong, it may have been Dateline. Well any hoo, the point is is that I saw an hour or two hour long show about this very place. IT is very interesting for me to have found images of it here on the bubble. Excellent work

  • Thanks. I remember driving through the town when I was younger and there were still a lot of houses and buildings. There are only a few buildings are left including an interesting “church”:

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 2 years ago

    Great shot Mark!

  • Thanks Lori! I wanted to try something different and had a lot of fun in the process.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago

    Fantastic Work!

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago
    Congratulations on your feature for this super, fun image !!
  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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