Centralia Graffiti Highway - The abandoned highway, formerly part of Pennsylvania Route 61, was closed to the public in 1993, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It was shut down due to damage caused by the continuously burning Centralia underground coal mine fire.
The road is privately owned by Pagnotti Enterprises, but continues to draw visitors. Some admire the graffiti, while others ride dirt bikes and ATVs.
Graffiti Highway is a cultural landmark for many Pennsylvanians, a reminder of how beautiful things can arise from awful situations.
The owners of Graffiti Highway closed the road in April 2020, by covering it with 400 truck loads of dirt or between 8,000 and 10,000 tons of dirt.
In time the highway will become a field filled with trees and flowers, eliminating all of the creative graffiti and attractive imagery.
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