Fire underground : the ongoing tragedy of the Centralia mine fire / David DeKok
- DeKok, David
- Guilford, Conn. : GPP, 
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- Physical Description:
- x, 284 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
- Preface -- List of acronyms -- A bad day -- Badlands -- Council's fire -- Natural forces -- Missed opportunities -- Scranton's grand plan -- Too long a wait -- Sideshow -- In the fire's grasp -- The conspiracy theory -- Lonely battle -- Awakening -- Infighting -- Increasing danger -- Scattered leaves -- The big picture -- Fateful tumble -- Watt and Thornburgh -- Thornburgh in Centralia -- Organizing the resistance -- Fire in the night -- On the road -- The year of the scream -- Unity day -- Victory -- Relocation -- The end of nearly everything -- Epilogue.
- "Centralia, Pennsylvania, lived and died by anthracite coal. The town's population peaked at 2,761 in 1890, but by 1981 had dwindled to just over 1,000--not unusual for a Pennsylvania mining town. But today Centralia has no more than a dozen inhabitants, and they are expected to be gone before long. The reason: an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia, making parts of the town uninhabitable. By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes, making children sick, and one day a twelve-year-old boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a U.S. congressman tourned nearby. David DeKok describes how the fire began and how the majority of Centralia residents fought for and finally obtained relocation from the town, even as some of their neighbors claimed there was no threat." -- cover.
- 9780762754274 09/10 GEN
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2014
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