To come upon a place where no human being should live, a discarded wasteland
"After seeing my 15th old tire and 8th abandoned car, I new I was shamokin"
A centuries-old town in rural Pennsylvania
that exploded in population during the immigrant boom of the late 1800's/early 1900s. Main industry until the late 20th Century
was coal mining. It was renamed "Coal Township" in the late 20th Century to reflect the influence of the coal industry on it's local politics. It's rumored that the name "Shamokin" is an old Native American term meaning "welcome." It's further rumored that Shamokin was built on the site of a friendly Native American village. People from Shamokin have their own lingo and are usually hardcore.
Tom: "OMG Johnny just got his legs severed in a freak mining accident!"
Johnny: "I'm from Shamokin. I'll walk it off."