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Centralia, Illinois

Centralia is a city of approximately 14,000 people in south central Illinois, incorporated in 1859. Originally established by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1853 as a location for a terminal and repair shops, Centralia was located just south of the junction of the railroad's main line and Chicago branch. Today, Centralia offers a balance of relaxed, small-town living and industry, with three industrial parks, a downtown shopping district, six city parks and two lakes. Centralia is also home to Kaskaskia College, and has been designated a Tree City USA since 1988 for the abundance of ornamental and shade trees which line its streets and yards.

From the very beginning, Centralia was a town shaped by the railroads, both the Illinois Central Railroad Company that built and named it, and later the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The two railroads maintained extensive shops and yards, making them major employers for over a century, and they also shipped the goods produced in Centralia, especially coal and fruit. By the end of the Civil War, coal mining and strawberry farming rivaled the railroads as major industries. Centralia also became a substantial manufacturing center, producing shoes, fruit boxes, bricks, yeast, nails and more. In 1938, Hollywood Brands, Inc., makers of Pay Day candy bars, opened a plant in Centralia, which operated until 1980. In 1947, a massive coal dust explosion in the Centralia #5 coal mine killed 111 miners - nearly half the mine company’s workforce - effectively ending the coal industry in Centralia. Although most of the industries that fueled Centralia's growth in its first century are gone, there continues to be an active manufacturing base, producing Duncan Hines cake mixes, paperboard cartons, band uniforms, fiberglass kitchen and bath products, and water pumps. Centralia is also home to a UPS parcel distribution center.

Centralia was planned as an industrial city, and its long manufacturing history makes asbestos exposure and mesothelioma of ongoing concern. Mesothelioma cancer centers in and around Centralia are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in Centralia, you may benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Centralia

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Centralia where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Centralia Powerhouse
  • First Christian Church
  • Hollywood Brands, Inc.
  • Illinois Central Railroad Company
  • Illinois Central Railroad Company
  • Institution For Mentally Retarded
  • Murray Childrens Center
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
  • Texas-Illinois Natural Gas Pipe Line Company
  • Warrn D. Murray Children's Center

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Centralia, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Centralia, Illinois. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Saint Louis University Hospital West Pavilion
3655 Vista Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 60.7 miles


The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 60.7 miles


Walker Medical Building
12855 North Forty Drive, Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO 63141

Distance: 70.7 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Centralia, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Centralia, Illinois. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Queeny Tower, 3108
One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza

St. Louis, MO 63110

Distance: 60.7 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Centralia, Illinois

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Illinois

Asbestos Abatement Starts at Pillsbury Mills Plant

Cleanup crews have begun asbestos abatement work at the abandoned Pillsbury Mills Plant in Springfield, Illinois.

Pillsbury Mills Plant Partner Faces Indictment For Improper Asbestos Removal

A partner who helped with the demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills plant is facing federal indictment for improper asbestos removal.

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