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Centralia Mine Fire Tours

Author David DeKok is available to give tours of Centralia and the Centralia mine fire at any time of the year. The tour lasts about two hours and includes the steaming areas (steam can no longer be guaranteed), feeling the hot ground, the huge cracks in Route 61 opened by the fire, and the location where the fire started. I will meet you in Centralia, explain the history of Centralia and  the mine fire in detail, and show you large, blow-up photographs of what Centralia used to look like. The fee is $200 to cover his time and travel expenses from Harrisburg. Media tours are $250 because they tend to be longer and more involved. Size of the group doesn’t matter. Payment by cash (preferred) or credit card. You may contact him at (717) 439-4159, or

Note: While tours are available at any time of year, I recommend coming in the cooler months so you will see more steam. The steam all but disappears during the hot summer months.


“Thanks so much for a worthwhile and enlightening tour of Centralia!”

Harold Young and family, Altoona & Hollidaysburg, Pa., 10-24-2010

“I want to thank you so much for your guidance through the fire-maze of Centralia. My students absolutely loved the experience [and] found your book to be invaluable.”

–Patrick J. Lawler, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 11-1-2009

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