Originally Posted by Tadao
What am I missing here? A town with an underground coal fire that releases poison and pollution into the air is now (after many decades) forcing land owners who thought it was a giant conspiracy to move the fuck out and a few people are sad about it in some way or another because they think it's cool. Weird.
It wasn't so much cool (though admittedly a fire that lasts decades is cool) as it was a town of almost legendary status. They based a video game on it even. Protoclown wrote an entire piece on the place. It isn't the town itself going away that is sad, it is that a legendary fixture of middle America (albeit an esoteric one) is going away.