The town seemingly had a problem with crime, then. But after a number of senior gang members were executed in 1877, peace appeared to return to Centralia. And by 1890 the town was booming. That’s right, with a population of more than 2,700 people, the settlement boasted an array of shops and saloons as well as seven churches, a couple of theaters and even a bank.
The success of Centralia wasn’t to last, however. You see, beginning in 1929, the financial troubles that plagued the United States also took their toll on the mining community. Illegal operations subsequently moved into the town’s unused pits, and these criminal activities caused many local structures to cave in.