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Archbald Pothole

Posted by Stu On January - 24 - 2012

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Now that’s a deep hole.  This is allegedly the largest pothole in the world, though I haven’t seen anything official confirming this.  The pothole was found accidentally in 1884 when miners were blasting underground.  The pothole was cleared out and was initially a privately owned tourist attraction.  It’s now a state park and free of admission.  Visitors are fewer in number, as it seems looking down a large hole has lost its appeal.  It is interesting for a few seconds, but I found myself thinking, “Next!”

The top of the pothole is fenced off but has a small observation deck going part of the way over it.  I was annoyed to see garbage at the bottom of it, but that’s to be expected I guess.  Even though I visited in the middle of May, there was still some snow and ice at the bottom.

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Archbald Pothole is just off US-6 BUS in Archbald.

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Carbondale Mine Fires & Abandoned Factory

Posted by Stu On October - 27 - 2008

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I had read on a number of online forums that Carbondale had 3 fires burning underneath it at once. Having already been to both Centralia and Laurel Run, I was quite interested to check it out. The results were pretty disappointing, but at least I did find a fun abandoned factory to romp around. Of the 3 fires, 1 is thought to have been put out, so we didn’t look for that particular one. The other 2 turned out to be of little interest.

Our first stop was the West Side mine fire, which has caused since its beginning the relocation of over 600 families. We passed by the site numerous times because we weren’t sure if we were in the right place or not. All we could find of the fire was rubble from all the demolished buildings and a few random spots where heat from the underground fire was visible on the surface. In the middle of the area is one large structure still standing, though it looks like it has taken a beating.

There was no smoke coming out of cracks in the ground, or any cracks in the ground for that matter. For a very brief moment, we caught a whiff of that wonderful mine fire smell, but we weren’t able to locate its source. Wandering around the mine fire site wasn’t a complete loss; we came across this big dead factory farther down the road, which would end up being the highlight of the trip.

There was supposed to have been another nearby fire in a culm bank. We found the culm bank alright, but we saw no trace of a fire. I saw no heat coming off the ground or smoke anywhere in sight.

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Rocky Glen Park

Posted by Stu On November - 26 - 2007

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Rocky Glen opened in 1885 and ran until 1987. A year later it was auctioned off, but not much was done with it. The park lay abandoned for a few years when a fire broke out in 1994, destroying much of the rollercoaster. The coaster was completely demolished not long afterward.
Today, little is left to indicate this once was a park. The sign still stands. The parking lots are torn up and overgrown. Walkways, foundations, and remants of rides can be found here and there.

There are talks of either reviving the amusement park or turning the property into a community park.

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