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The city that still burns is is Centralia. A few people still live there, though I can't imagine why anyone would want to with a fire burning underneath them. The government spent millions and still it burns. It can't easily be put out because to do so the ground would have to be opened up which would allow oxygen in and the cause the fire to rage out of control. Here is the history of the fire:

Another interesting area that Bryson talks about is Palmerton, PA. The zinc mining killed off all the vegetation along the AT many years ago. It is making a comeback. Here is a picture of the mountain in Palmerton taken last July. You can see that the vegetation hasn't made a comeback at the top yet.

There are a few other pics in the "AT Pics" folder if anyone is interested.

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