We arrived in Centralia at about 10 am, on a warm sunny Tuesday, a bit taken a back by how much traffic was actually in the town. I don't know it if was all the hype I read from other bloggers or if I was just expecting more but I felt a little let down. I think we were all expecting to see pretty much a ghost town, something more like what we seen in the Silent Hill movie, since as sources say this place was the inspiration for the movies look. We asked a fellow motorist where the huge cracks in the road were and he pointed us to the location. We parked our cars and headed down a road that was over grown with weeds, trees and graffiti. About halfway down the hill we seen a fairly large gap in the road that had a small amount of smoke rising out of it, we made our way to it and once we were closer we noticed that the smoke had a very sulfery smell. We continued down further and the only other thing we seen was a up heaved area of pavement. We made our way back to the top and explored the rest of the town, seeing 3 cemeteries that were well taken care of, with one being tended to as we passed. Definitely not the ghost town we were expecting to see! Surprisingly there were quite a few people in the town. No by far it wasn't booming like a big city nor a small rural town for that fact, but there were more people there than you would have thought. We ended up talking to a few of the people who told us that most of the remaining foundations and such had been recently torn down. I did enjoy the trip there, it was nice to visit the area and talk to some of the residents. But all in all in my opinion it's just another town..only different, with way to much hype about it being a ghost town. It is a town, a community of people who pulled together to try to save what they had worked for all their lives.