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As a child, Eloise enjoyed learning everything she could about many subjects, though in those days the best resource was her grandma’s old stack of encyclopedias. Today, Eloise still likes to know a bit about everything, and when she’s not researching information for her Facty.com posts or flexing her history degree, she’s going through the quizzes of other authors on the site - because this is where the facts are found! Visitors to our site turn to Eloise’s fun and factual articles to learn about all kinds of things, from do-it-yourself ideas to the wider world. Those who prefer to get their facts in article format can find Eloise all across the web, as well. Not only is it great to learn from her interesting posts, but most people want to become friends with Eloise after they read her stuff - she’s just so good at explaining things!
It’s called Centralia, Pennsylvania. Once upon a time, the town was a booming mining town of over a 3000 people. But by 2015, that number had reached five. Why? Well, in 1962, a coal mine fire was set that never stopped burning. By 2002, despite the few people still living there, the postal code was discontinued, and the whole town was set to eminent domain.
But before that, some spooky stuff went on. Alexander Rae, the town's founder, was murdered in his buggy by members of the Molly Maguires in 1868. Ten years later, three men were hanged for his murder. But for ten years, they roamed the area, tormenting the residents, and murdering more.
The reason for all of this is often thought to be due to a curse that Father Daniel Ignatius McDermott, the first Roman Catholic priest to call Centralia home, cast on the land after a run in with the Molly Maguires. He said that one day the St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church would be the only structure remaining in Centralia. Believe it or not, over the next few decades, houses began to crumble, and fires were set. But none like the 1963 mining fire that caused hundreds to relocate due to the toxic chemicals rising in the area.
Today, people refuse to go near the ghost town that has such a dark past; they can feel the horrors of the criminal activity and disasters that went on there so long ago.
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