Mt Carmel

Mt Carmel

PostBy: rrob311 On: Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:47 pm

Hey everybody I would like to learn more about Mt Carmel. I was looking at houses there. If anyone can give me any info on the town it would be great. Is it low crime? Are there any amenities? Grocery stores? Laundromats, etc.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: tsb On: Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:12 pm

If you want to live in the middle of coal country, Mt. Carmel would be the spot.
I've driven through it a hundred times. I doesn't float my boat, but I'm sure it
has it's advantages. It's central to a lot of interesting place. A local will have
to check in with tax information.
Are you looking to retire or continue working ?
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: Wiz On: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:08 am

This will answer some important questions. http://www.city-data.com/city/Mount-Car ... vania.html
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: LDPosse On: Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:30 am

If you're looking for inexpensive living, this (or one of the other coal region towns) would probably be the place to go. Real estate is very cheap. I would not move to the area, though, if you're expecting to find gainful employment. A good paying job will probably come with a lengthy commute.

I would highly suggest coming to visit the area first, if you haven't been there yet. IMO the best bet would probably be to look at some of the area surrounding the coal towns. There is lots of beautiful countryside here, just beyond the culm heaps.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:49 pm

Maps.google it. You can drive round a lot of the town many roads have been driven and photod and see if you like the look.... it's a start.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: rrob311 On: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:15 am

I have driven through it a few times. It would be more of a vacation style property. Mainly concerned about crime since I won't be there very often.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:08 pm

No more crime than anywhere else.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: MajorMiner On: Fri May 24, 2013 9:42 pm

mt carmel is a drinking town with a football problem... haha . All kidin aside, its a great town although alot of inner city folk are coming in for the cheap housing and living off the system. Great school district for academics and sports..especially football. Jobs arent too great however but as someone said a modest commute would offset that :D
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: Cap On: Fri May 24, 2013 10:25 pm

Very big neat old Catholic Church right on the main drag. (Rt61)

Appears to be nicer than the neighboring towns from Shamokin to the west and Manohoy City to the east.
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: ngzcaz On: Sat May 31, 2014 9:59 pm

Been thru Mt. Carmel a lot over the years. We normally go RT 54 from Tamaqua, turn right and go thru what's left of Centralia.
Mt Carmel is straight ahead after a four way stop. There used to be a speed shop on the corner. Last time we were thru there weren't any smoking fires coming up from the ground. It either went out ( doubtful ) or more likely went down further in the earth. Shame, that was a beautiful one horse town. Every time some one dies the feds come in, raze the area and the next year you visit you don't even know there was a home there.
Anyway, the road to Mt. Carmel is a four lane from Centralia, very little traffic and I wouldn't mind living on that stretch at all.
Since I always lived out of town in the " sticks " of NE Pa. I can't see myself actually living in town. That said, homes in the town I used to work in always sold for more than a comparable home in the " sticks ". To each his own I guess.
More to the point, Mt. Carmel has any convenience most other towns have including all the poster mentioned and more. Knoebels Amusement Park is a hop skip and a jump away with free entrance and parking. Try to find that anywhere else.

Nate
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: rrob311 On: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:32 pm

Nate do you mean when someone passes in Centralia they turn the house into field or in Mt. Carmel?
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Re: Mt Carmel

PostBy: ngzcaz On: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:39 pm

Many years ago Centralia was bought out by the Government because of the probability that the whole town was in danger of literally being swallowed up ( or down as it were ) by the never ending mine fires. As memory serves I believe it was started by burning trash in one of the mines and a coal fire ensued. Back in the day it was rumoured that the fires could burn for hundreds of years and work their way into New England. Since Centralia was so far out in the sticks I guess they figured just buy the town, have everyone move out, and the fire was/is so slow moving they had years and years to figure something out if it did indeed keep burning. Several residents, and I mean several as in a handful or two refused the Governments offer and continued to stay in their homes. Rather than risk a public outcry of people being dragged out of their homes by force on national TV, they simply let them stay until the end of their days. When they died, the Government came in, razed the homes, leveled the ground and planted grass where the home stood. I've been going up for at least 20 years and I see less and less homes all the time. As a bit of a sidenote, just before they closed Rt 61 and made a bypass you could actually pull off the side of the road and view the fire as it opened up portions of the side of the road. Looking off in the distance you could see the path of the vein of coal as it burned the trees roots and as they fell it looked like a D-9 bulldozed just mowed everything over. Viewing at those open smouldering fires it was truly a look into Hell itself if you believe in that sort of thing. National fires for a while and a very interesting story...

Cap... btw, there was a beautiful Catholic Church on the main drag just before the 4 way stop I was referring to but several years ago it was either torn down or moved to another location. Another one of those things I saw one year and gone the next. It was empty for years and to the area's credit I didn't see any vandalism to it, at least to my knowledge.
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