The owners should've taken actions against the vandals long time ago. After taking core samples and investigating further, they now believe sudden, heavy rainfall “just overwhelmed the storm drainage system that exists in the concrete median of this highway. Many people go to Centralia's "Graffiti Highway" every year. Rumors began early Monday that the road was being tore up, and while we have not received confirmation, it appears as if Graffiti Highway will be covered in dirt. Only a handful of houses and residents, the municipal building, a few cemeteries, and the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church just over the borough line still remain. Though some may not like how it looks...others love it. I think that enough of you are enthusiasts that like to visit the beloved graffiti highway. I am glad to see they are covering the abandoned portion of PA-61! We started by driving up past the rather miraculous Ukrainian Catholic Church that still stands. It started by accident, but, even after most of the residents were bought off and relocated, the government allowed it to burn out of control for decades. jstrawser@dailyitem.com, Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation, MUMMEY, Barbara Sep 26, 1947 - Dec 11, 2020. Contains log and room for small items. If they think this is going to stop people, I hate to tell them, but it won't. Complete bullshit. Sign up now to get our FREE breaking news coverage delivered right to your inbox. This is history under attack! 8 And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. Louise Lockett Gordon and Carolyn Mcrae clean up graffiti off the statue of Arthur Ashe around noon Wednesday, June 17, 2020. It's covered in graffiti, making it a popular photo op. I don't understand. Why? That section of highway was no more ART than that crucifix in a glass if urine that was displayed as Art. I must add, outside people think Pa is a beautiful state and people are sooo nice. Honestly I don’t think it should be covered up. . Why get rid of the one thing people loved going to see and add a piece of their own art to. The town was basically condemned, and as residents die or move out, their homes are torn down. Words can't describe how crazy this place looks when the morning fog comes down the hills. Is there no local Historical Society to voice objection? The Graffiti Highway, that bizarre landmark at Centralia, is soon to be no more. than plant trees! So sad this had to happen. They remind us of a past and keep us from making the same mistakes in the future. I think that would be the better route to go in my opinion. I think not. The ones that own it are in a position to close it. The landowner has started to cover the Graffiti Highway, former Route 61, right, with dirt on April 6 near Centralia, Pa. RIP!! BYOP. Dumping is big past-time and 40-50 volunteers do the cleanup twice a year, year after year. Because of the coal mine fire in Centralia, the original branch of Routes 54 and 61, which went from Centralia to Ashland, has been permanently closed because the road has severely opened up and buckled extensively. Its ATVs, 4-wheelers, off road motorcycles running all over with no respect for graveside services. People are lighting fires with tires. Was costing the area alot of money not to mention the amount of chemicals going into the ground water. Then the Graffiti Highway (Old route 61) was a very interesting place, in a totally different way. In as much as it is an inconvenience right now,(I personally have never written on it) I dont think it should be covered up. It is a wonder, for sure! The group also documents every incident of graffiti they come across. Especially with no real reasoning as to destroying it. Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. What people didnt realize was it wasn't if a collapse would happen but when. Starting as an accident, it was allowed to burn out of control for years, even after almost all the residents were bought off. I must say, I have lived in and out of my home state of Pa. “People steal stuff, they spray paint in the cemetery, it’s about time something gets done.”. Imagine the knowledge and culture that would have been lost to us if those writings would have been destroyed. Riot destruction in Portland, Oregon. I hope it packs down good for a nice jump. Who cares about the off-road. I agree with you. than bring in dirt. UPDATE: Graffiti Highway owners to cover Centralia road with dirt, By Justin Strawser Initially, engineers thought that portion of the highway would need to be torn up and replaced. Updated Apr 08, 2020; Posted Apr 06, 2020. Honestly why destroy a good thing? . i drove from Indiana to visit the site and enjoy its story, along with the remains of the town and the very interesting cemataries. I myself have actually come upon the town by accident a couple of times. Either way it is a shame. Grew up in Lancaster, pa. Graffiti Highway is an outlet of expression for artists of all kinds; it should not be shut down. When we start allowing the Govt to dictate to us what history is to be preserved, and what history is not, we have given it too much unchecked power. pathetic its history wanna clean up area charge 2 bucks for people to go out on it . Acts of vandalism to veterans memorials in California and Kentucky have cast a … It’s a lot of history and art. People still go to see where Woodstock was held. Why cover up such a beautiful thing?! Today as I type this, Penndott came in with the owner's permission to destroy and fill up the highway. Centralia through the years. Jacob Smith 5,212 views. Artwork and visitors' names began cropping up just south of the town around the mid 2000s. High around 50F. Crosses honoring service members in Kentucky were torn out and a California Vietnam War memorial was tagged. That is unfortunate, I have enjoyed the several times I went there with my family. It is a part of history. Otherwise, how would you like it if everyone in the state came to your house and painted up your driveway, walkway, etc? I bet stupid Governor Wolf had something to do with this! That’s a very large attraction site. You can live a little without graffiti. Just why? It is a wonder, for sure! I thought this town couldn't be own by anyone other state or federal government? Try being there during Memorial Day Weekend to visit a family grave in one of the four cemeteries. Hynoski said the project will not solve all the problems caused by visitors. People should learn to not get out of hand all these years and now people wana screw it up... thanks jerk offs, Cant believe it karma will get the owners . If people don't come to see this, eventually everyone will forget about the little town the Government turned its back on. I'm glad it's being done it's not abandoned it was condemned because it was dangerous to drive on. Cloudy. This thoroughfare wasn’t always known as the Graffiti Highway. Most hikers are aware of the term “carry in – carry out.” However, this happens very little at "Graffiti Highway.” Then there are the people who go to Centralia with truck and/or trailer loads of trash and dump it. If you want to go there and play with paint cans then take up a collection and buy the land. Hopefully it will keep the vandals away. But we brought this on ourselves. I will miss graffiti highway. Like others say, there is always a few who ruin it for the rest. The Pennsylvania State Police from Bloomsburg were also at the site Monday to enforce those parking on each end. After the rain stopped, the highway settled back down. makes it harder to paint over by the powers that be, because the labor and time to get someone up there is often not time efficient, also harder for others to get up and over tag the area as well. You have permission to edit this article. Destroying a public art project that was very much incomplete. Be … Sad people had to destroy a good thing. A few years ago they tore down statues of confederate soldiers because they said it was supporting slavery. 46. There is very unique history in centralia. Centralia, located in Columbia County just a few miles outside Mount Carmel in Northumberland County, is perhaps Pennsylvania’s most famous ghost town after an underground mine fire started in 1962. Since Gov. Image via Jeff Reynolds I went to downtown Portland, Oregon this morning around 7:30 am, long past antifa’s bedtime, to … Wonderful news! There was a problem saving your notification. The Paleolithic – or “Old Stone Age” – is the earliest era of human existence, when stone tools were used and humans took shelter in caves. Clearly, paint scraping on windows wasn’t enough to curb the graffiti writers, so the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) decided to adopt an aggressive anti-graffiti approach. My wife and I have been on a volunteer clean-up crew and seen the damage firsthand. The unclean will not travel it— only those who walk in the Way— and fools will not stray onto it. Wolf ordered non-essential businesses to shut down and issued a stay at home order for Pennsylvania residents due to the COVID-19 crisis, Hynoski said the area has seen an influx of people, more than usual. It’s not like this virus is going to last a lifetime, honestly that’s a poor excuse. How is Governor Wolf allowing this? EPCAMR planned to have a tree planting event on Saturday but rescheduled it to the fall due to the COVID-19 crisis. Because of the virus? Robert Inglis/The Daily Item Graffiti highway in Centralia was being covered up with large piles of dirt on Monday to dissuade people from coming out to visit it. Sadly people will just go else where and put graffiti. Land owner Pagnotti Enterprises, of Wilkes-Barre, hired Fox Coal Co. Mining to truck 400 loads — between 8,000 to 10,000 tons of dirt — over the next three days to cover the unofficial popular tourist destination. It is interesting to see. "It's a shame," said Witchey about the dirt project. People suck, others have to ruin everything. Fox Coal Co. President Vince Guarna, of Mount Carmel, said the dirt is being brought in from a mining operation in Wilburton #2 about three miles away and then the ground will be seeded to grow trees. I have visited Centralia nearly every year since I've lived in Pennsylvania and Graffiti Highway is one of my favorite spots. It needs to stop! The popular tourist destination that is made up of an old part of Route 61 is going to be covered with dirt by land owner Pagnotti Enterprises, according to a report by The Daily Item. In 2019 they cataloged 299,889 different graffiti in Tempe, some as small as a … And it is being destroyed and lost forever. I had no idea the palce was private property. Essential? There are instances of art dating back as far as human history goes. Only a few still remain, but you can still wander the empty streets on Google Street View, including the deserted section of old Route 61 known as the Graffiti Highway. I think you should proofread your work.I have the memories of driving through Centralia on that road. Otherwise, there are crumbling stone foundations, empty lots and an old portion of Route 61 commonly known as Graffiti Highway. People ruined it for the ones that enjoyed it. Private Property. Sure, it's torn up and generally trashed, but there was and is a lot of beauty in this landmark. The odd thing is most people do not know, the road (PA-61) was re-routed because of the underground fires. here's an idea...instead of burring it how about milling up the old road first. If it were my property, I'd have done the same.". Shame on you! In 2018, PennDOT vacated and turned over the .74-mile stretch of Graffiti Highway in Centralia and Conyngham Township to Pitreal Corp, a coal mining company and subsidiary of Pagnotti Enterprises in Wilkes-Barre. We shouldn't be sitting back and watching this be taken from history without an audible word. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. It's a shame. It is like losing a part of history for no real reason or benefit. They may actually NOT want people to get sick or infect their area....Whatever this is whats happening in an insane world so-~~~~~~~~. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, was defaced overnight with sometimes-profane BLM graffiti and other calls to defund the police. that's terrible such an interesting place,had some nice art work among the graffiti.going to cut income in that area from people coming to look at the hiway. What a damn shame what a bunch of assholes all because of a stupid virus no one will remember in 20 years. In 1983, the MTA painted 25% of the cars with a special, white, graffiti-resistant paint , but all that did was give the graffiti writers a blank canvas to work with. That's stupid because this quarantine is not forever, but the road is awesome to see. This is honestly sad and I’m very disappointed and disgusted with their choice. If people don't visit this, eventually, the story of how the government let down an entire town. That's really stupid. State troopers have been patrolling more too and chased away nearly 100 people on Monday alone, he said. The Daily Item reports the abandoned stretch of Route 61 is to be … Roadwork and bridge repair is halted but they can do this? The locals hated all the idiots that would cause accidents or get hurt up there. No they are cleaning up Graffiti done by vandals who should have been arrested. In the haunt where jackals once lay, there will be grass and reeds and papyrus. I must laugh, because I see it as disrespected. CENTRALIA — An abandoned portion of Route 61 commonly known as Graffiti Highway will be a thing of the past in Centralia, according to a borough official and project manager. Low 32F. Graffiti Highway is being filled up. I enjoyed my hike there. I say leave the road alone. And when graveside visitors are not there the rest of the year, it graffiti paint on cemetery building, flags stolen off graves, breakdown of anything standing. .empty street corners of former residential neighborhoods, defunct sewer systems, old fire hydrants and Graffiti Highway (Rte. In as much as it is a problem right now, (I personally have never written on it) I think covering this up is a big mistake. Artistic expression – especially on the surfaces around us – seems to be a very old human impulse. I am happy the property owner has decided to take back their property. Being so iconic. “Oh my God, it’s crazy. People have called from as far away as Los Angeles, he said. Wow. Robert Inglis/The Daily Item A dump truck unloads a pile of dirt on graffiti highway in Centralia on Monday afternoon. The few ruin something for the many once again. Hynoski said he and other officials have been back and forth with the coal company to discuss ways to keep the visitors off the highway. I think if anything they should build a museum like they did up at Woodstock and fill it with the history and artifacts of Centralia. They happen all the time in the area and some are still undiscovered. My son is from another state and continues too rave how beautiful of a state Pa is. Winds light and variable. The earliest art – which some might call graffiti – dates back to the Paleolithic era. “This particular neighborhood has a lot of historical graffiti in it, and as new things pop up and buildings are torn down there are new areas that are opened up,” he said. Now they are covering over this highway. This needs to remain as a constant reminder of that Just my opinion. They keep removing pieces of history all over the world and in the states. Also there was a train you could ride on the mountain and get a bird's eye of the whole town pretty eerie. "You can't paint on dirt.". The abandoned .74-mile stretch of roadway, despite being on private property and no trespassing allowed, has become a landmark for illegal visitors for its smoking cracked asphalt and hundreds of spray painted words and images. Its deserted and outside! People from throughout central Pennsylvania walk on “Graffiti Highway” in Centralia on Wednesday. 61). Graffiti Highway is a gathering spot for tourists and residents of NEPA. You should grow a little and understand the big picture. I like how people called an area devastated by a tragedy a tourist attraction and though spray painting a round was ok. People suck, I get that, but for the larger portion who respects things, that's not cool. City graffiti ordinances typically penalize people convicted of vandalism or graffiti spraying with a fine, though other sentences such as community service, probation and even jail sentences are possible as well. This isn't vandalism, it is years of history. 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