This place is so cool and its less than two hours away from my house. There was an underground mine that caught on fire in 1962 and is still burning today. It caused the highway to crack. You can still feel the heat if you put your hand in the cracks. Centralia used to have a population of almost 3000 people and now has a population of 10. And over the years the highway has become a tourist attraction known to many as the graffiti highway. I have lived here all my life and just found this place yesterday. It is also where the idea for the silent hill video games and movie came from.