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Here you may enjoy a sampling of the sites and attractions of the Centralia area. To do them justice, you really need to see them for yourself.

At the Centralia Area Historical Society Museum you can experience the area's rich railroad history through vintage pictures, tools, clothing and even a tour of a real caboose. Civil War items, military uniforms, equipment, ration books, flags, awards and other artifacts mark special times in the history of this country and the Centralia area.. Centralia is rich in mining history, and detonators, lunch buckles, rescue equipment, and newspaper reports of the #5 Mine Disaster can be viewed at the Museum. The experiences you can have here are too numerous to list, but we know you won't want to miss the history of this unique area..

Come see and hear the distinctive sites and sounds of the Centralia Carillon towering 165 feet high above the city. The Centralia Carillon, the sixth largest bell tower in the world, is played by a professional carillonneur who climbs 173 steps to play the bells in concert. The base of the tower contains a small museum, and tours of the Carillon are available free to the public by making a reservation. The beauty of the Centralia Carillon is enhanced by the surrounding tower park just west of the carillon tower. The "sitting wall" is a perfect spot to listen to the music. Soft amber lighting at night makes the park an attractive place to take an evening stroll. Concerts are held Wednesday and Friday at noon, Sundays at 2 pm. For private tours or concert information you may call 618-533-4381.

A visit to Centralia can be enriched by the Centralia Cultural Society. You may catch a performance by the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choral Society, the Little Theater Players, or maybe an exhibit by the Palette and Brush Club. The Cultural Society facility has an auditorium that seats 250.

A must-see attraction in Centralia is the historic 2500 Engine on display in Fairview Park. Tours of this authentic steam engine once used by the Illinois Central Railroad, can be arranged upon request. Steam Train at Fairview Park
While you are at Fairview Park, you should also see the rare Republic F-105 Thunderchief #318. The late Lieutenant Colonel William Pachura earned two Distinguished Flying Cross awards while operating this aircraft, known as the "Red River Queen", during the Vietnam War.

The Illinois Theatre located on South Locust in downtown Centralia, Illinois, is currently under renovation and will have approximately 500 seats available for professional entertainment performances. This former vaudeville & movie theatre will have all new seating, air conditioning, handicapped restrooms, lighting & sound system.

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