Yearly Pilgrimage to Centralia Church

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CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP -- A mine fire that forced residents out of a small town decades ago has not stopped them from coming back to Columbia County every year.

The pews were packed at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church near Centralia on Sunday.

The small church still stands on top of a hill that is just on the outskirts of Centralia. It has since become the site for a holy pilgrimage.

People who participated in the religious journey say they come here to get away from the world.

The underground mine fire sparked in 1962 and is still burning to this day.


  • wake up and smell the carcinogens

    See how lovely coal-mining is! We need more and more! 50 yer old mine fires and polluted drinking water — what a great thing to support! Not. BTW Church folks: Maybe this is a message from your God to stop destroying creation???…This country is losing its chance to develop renewable clean energies and jumpstart a new generation of clean, high-wage jobs with boundless growth. The rest of the world certainly is and soon we’ll be at their mercy. But don’t expect leadership from Trump who is owned by petroleum interests. Our National Parks are already on the auction block.Sad.

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