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..
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.
|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
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