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Strange, Weird, and Mysterious Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

by mitchey179 on 14/05/10 at 6:58 am

This article lists several very weird, strange or mysterious places to visit in the state of Pennsylvania. Some very weird locations are explored.

Are you looking for some strange and weird locations in your area?  Well, welcome to Pennsylvania then.  Pennsylvania is an old state, actually one of the first to be created for the new world.  Not only does the state have lots of historical places to visit such as Gettysburg, Valley Forge and Independence Hall, it also has lots of weird mysterious places to take a trip to.  So, take a seat and come along for the ride into the freaky zone…

Byberry Mental Hospital — Located right outside Philadelphia city limits, this is an old insane asylum that is now closed.  Satanic markings can be found throughout the floors of each building and several witnesses have seen dead animal carcasses on the premise.  There are also countless people who claim to have either seen or heard something not of this world.  The best story concerning the asylum is what has been referred to as the Spirit Boy and the Burnt Room.  A large steel door covers a room that was burned to a crisp but the floors and walls are still intact.  People who enter this room feel an evil presence almost every time.  Another area that is really creepy are the underground tunnels.  Evidently these were used to transport patients from one building to another without prying eyes. 

Carbon County Jail– Located in the town of Jim Thorpe, this jail is in my opinion the most freaky place I have visited.  Legend has it that an innocent man took dirt off of the floor and smeared it onto his hands and then placed a hand print on the wall of his jail cell.  On his execution day he proclaimed “This is the hand of an innocent man.”  This hand print still remains visible on the cell walls.  It has been repeatedly washed, painted over and even plastered only to have the hand print come back over the course of 125+ years now.  You can still see this mystery on a jail tour.

Town of Centralia– This is an odd place to visit in that the town is actually on fire underneath the ground.  Almost 50 years ago, town officials wanted to clear a landfill and decided to burn the waste.  They did not realize that the landfill was sitting on top of large deposits of coal and it quickly spread throughout the whole town.  The fires have been continuing for all of this time unabated and the government has forced almost all of the residents to relocate. There are still some hardliners who refused to move and are still living in the town though.  Almost all of the roads leading into Centralia have been shut down but you can still see the smoke rising up through the trees on several roads on the outskirts of town. 

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jennifer eiffel01

May 14th, 2010

Great article! I’ve lived in Pennsylvania all my life and didn’t know about these places. I DID read about Centralia in the newspaper a few weeks ago, though.
I don’t think I can see these things though because I can’t get my husband to ravel and all the places you mention were in Eastern PA. I live in the western part of the state, very close to Ohio.

Annette Keachie

May 14th, 2010

I wanna check out all these places!!!


May 14th, 2010

Very interesting places to visit I particularly like the shoe house great gimmick. Very exciting and informative article.


May 14th, 2010

wow… I like to visit wierd places such as these… thanks

Ruby Hawk

May 14th, 2010

I have never been there but it sounds like an interesting place to visit.


May 14th, 2010

Good Post

K.D. Storm

May 14th, 2010

okay you have officially helped plan my summer vacation


May 15th, 2010

great post


May 22nd, 2010

I’ve lived in PA most of my life and have never heard of some of these before. I have heard of Gravity Hill and Centrailia though! It’s a bit creepy that some of these places are located so close, but we have a road that is rumored to be haunted only about 1 mile from my house. But one thing that might have fit in with your article is the Ringing Rocks. They are located near the border before going into New Jersey and scientists still don’t have an explanation for it!


Mar 30th, 2012

My dad and grandparents were from Centrailia. The mine fire started behind my aunt anna’s house. What I was told, is every year, the fire company would burn the town dump so more can be added. It was in a strippen hole and yes, that year it caught the coal on fire and spread. The hole is still there, They filled most of it in over the last 10 years. If you go to the cemetary on top. drive to the right of it as far as you can. Get out and walk straight. You will pass some old burned areas on your right and left. Right before the wooded area starts, you will find the hole were it started


Mar 30th, 2012

Gravity Hill is not far from Cenralia. Leave Centralia and head up the hill to Aristes. The other dirrection goes to Ashland. Pass though Aristes and up the mountain. As you go down the other side, look for the PennDot buildings on your left. The next road on your left is Gravity Hill. It is a very small 1 1/2 lane dirt road. You have to give it gas to go down it. At the bottom, turn around, put your car in neutral and coast up the hill. Kids love it!

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