(cnn) — fun with a side of sad and creepy is how one tripadvisor reviewer describes the graffiti highway, a popular tourist attraction in centralia, pennsylvania about two and a half hours northwest. One former attraction was the abandoned stretch of Route 61. “Welcome to the Graffiti Highway” ... a sliver of hope can be found along the hillsides above Centralia. Today couldn’t be more different. Centralia is the site of a devastating coal mine fire that started in 1962 and still burns underground to this day. Graffiti Highway is located at PA-61 (Destroyed), Centralia, PA 17921. The fire forced the population from 1,000 residents in 1980 to five in 2017. The graffiti highway is one of the most popular locations to visit in centralia … Centralia's Grafitti Highway: Neat place to see - See 116 traveler reviews, 190 candid photos, and great deals for Centralia, PA, at Tripadvisor. CENTRALIA — An abandoned portion of Route 61 commonly known as Graffiti Highway will be a thing of the past in Centralia, according to a borough official and project manager. If any start-up bands out there are looking for the title of their debut EP, that’d also be a badass sounding contender. Most of its buildings are gone, and smoke wafts down graffiti-strewn highways where a prosperous town once stood. The one-mile stretch of Route 61 was abandoned in 1993 after an underground fire in the nearby abandoned mining town of Centralia caused the highway to buckle and collapse. On April 8th of this year, Fox News reported that Pennsylvania’s famed Graffiti Highway was being completely covered with truckloads of dirt. The highway draws onlookers from around the country to see the spray painted highway that closed over 25 years ago and to the see the town that was deserted after the mine fire began. Centralia is also home to the famous Graffiti Highway. The long-deserted stretch of Route 61 has been almost completely covered over by spray paint artwork left by residents and visitors alike. Centralia’s streets are abandoned. For years, Centralia's Graffiti Highway has been a popular spot for hikers and off road enthusiasts. Dubbed the "Graffiti Highway," it attracted masses of street artists who littered the pavement with a rainbow of cartoons and signatures. Centralia, Pennsylvania ... Google maps calls it “PA-61 Destroyed”, which is also pretty accurate. Over the past 30-odd years, Centralia has become an unlikely tourist destination. 14+ Graffiti Highway Destroyed Pics. The first is Graffiti Highway. Work began Monday at Graffiti Highway in Centralia. This section of damaged, closed, road is now known as Graffiti Hightway. 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