Broken Paths Friday, Mar 5 2010 

Park St. sign in Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Although most things in the small town of Centralia have been demolished, there are still some signs of what the town once was, such as this lonely and sad street sign.  Crooked and broken, it still stands to guide visitors through the deserted streets.  Haunted by the bitter memories of the past, this sign stands as a reminder that selfishness and monetary greed should not be what guides our lives.  Had people not turned a blind eye and held money above people’s lives, then perhaps this sign would not just be a guide for visitors and ghosts.

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Waiting Thursday, Jan 28 2010 

O’Connor Household, Centralia, PA

I was able to visit my family home in Centralia one week before it was demolished.  This was taken in the parlor by the front door and it depicts my grandfather’s hat which had been placed on an old lamp stand.  During the years the home was vacant, someone had broken in, and the damage done to the door is clearly visible.  It is a sad reminder of what the town of Centralia has become….a homage to silent ghosts of the past.

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Path to Hope Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 

This photo was taken behind the Ukranian Catholic Church in Centralia, Pennsylvania.  For me, this deserted path covered with the vibrant fall leaves was just another reminder of what the town has become.  I saw it as a ways to travel to the past and a hope, though ever fading, that the town would be able to return to what it once was.  Though that will never happen, there is always hope.

I wonder what this photograph means to others who do not have the connection to Centralia as I do.  Where does it lead them and why is it taking them there?

Amy E. O’Connor

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Celtic Cross Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 

This photo was taken in the St. Ignatius Cemetary in Centralia, Pennsylvania.  This particular grave marker brought a myriad of emotions to my mind.  The town of Centralia is itself a ghost town and this proud but lonely cross just seemed to symbolize the emotions of the town as a whole.  What was once beautiful had slowly been beaten down and ravaged by time.  As this cross stands as a guardian for the deceased it also forces us to call to mind what the town once was.

Amy E. O’Connor

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