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The people that I talked to near the cemetery grew up in a neighboring town. They spoke of the depression, poverty, and alcoholism that has choked people out of the region. There were no other people in the region to counter their claim.
One woman took what she believed was old mining equipment. She was their with her son (in his 20s) who apparently prefers to walk around the Centralia ruins at night, with friends. Supposedly the toxic gas permeating the ground is easier to see (and everywhere) at night.
In the An Hour in Centralia photo essay.
Also by Tyler Finck
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