You Can Buy This California Ghost Town For Less Than $1 Million
It comes with 22 buildings—and is a historic part of the Wild West.
Why buy a house, when you can buy an entire town? It may sound like a tall tale, but one ghost town in California, Cerro Gordo, could make it a reality. Currently on sale for $925,000, the abandoned mining town is listed through a website appropriately named ghosttownforsale.com. It comes complete with nearly 22 structures, including a church, a hotel, and a bunkhouse, located on more than 30 acres of land.
The real estate agent for the town, Jake Rasmuson, told CNN that there has already been some interest in the property, with plans ranging from turning Cerro Gordo into a theme park, to making it a marijuana town, to simply preserving its fascinating history. After the discovery of silver in 1865, it became a major producer of silver and lead. Rasumson reports that, in the town's prime, it averaged about one murder a week, making it truly a part of the Wild West.
When prices of silver fell, production slowed, and after other hardships, including a fire, the town was eventually deserted. The town has been privately owned by the same family for decades, and the Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation was founded to help fund and preserve it.
In the video posted on YouTube and ghosttownforsale.com (watch it, above), you can check out an aerial tour of the town, including the many structures and dry, dusty landscape. The mine website warns that the road leading into the desolate town in Inyo County, California is an 8-mile-long gravel and dirt road that's fairly steep. While the weather is mild in the summer, come winter, it's cold and snowy, so getting into and out of the town can be difficult.
If you're interested in the town, but aren't ready to invest nearly $1 million dollars on the asking price, you can still schedule a tour on Cerro Gordo Mines' website—but book quickly, there's no word yet on what the new owner's visitor policy will be.