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Offbeat A Historic Ghost Town in California Is Up for Sale

12:27  12 june  2018
12:27  12 june  2018 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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For just shy of million, a ghost town in California ’s majestic Inyo Mountains could be yours. Cerro Gordo, a 19th-century mining town that served as the “silver thread” to Los Angeles, is now up for sale via Bishop Real Estate in Bishop, California .

Seneca is a 12-acre gold mining ghost town in Northern California about 100 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe and complete with three small cabins, a bar called the Gin Mill and a liquor license. The town is very close to or contains a historic gold mine, the ad reports

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The 12-acre ghost town of Seneca, in Plumas County, northeastern California , had been put up for sale complete with a gold mine and a bar with a liquor license in November. Its current owners, who bought the site for ,000 in the 1970s, had described it as 'the real McCoy' - a historic place with

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“The site has been extremely well protected from diggers, artifact looters, and Mother Nature herself,” reads the listing, posted on a website specially created for the property that's aptly named ghosttownforsale.com. “Restoration has been undertaken on most of the buildings, and the rest are in a state of protected arrested decay.”

The town of Cerro Gordo has been privately owned for decades, but the family who owns it “felt it was the right time to sell it,” real estate agent Jake Rasmuson tells Mental Floss. No conditions are attached to the purchase of the property, but Rasmuson says “one would hope that some of the history would be maintained and that it would still be open to the public.”

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Walking tours of the property can be booked via Cerro Gordo’s website, and those will continue to be offered until the property is sold. The listing was just posted online a week ago, but Rasmuson said the property has already received “quite a bit of interest,” mostly from history lovers who have visited the site before.

Cerro Gordo, meaning “Fat Hill,” received its name from Mexican miners who combed through the area in search of silver before it became a commercial mine, according to the town's website. In 1865, a prospector named Pablo Flores started a mining operation at the nearby Buena Vista Peak. It didn’t take long for word to spread, and within two years prospectors were flocking to Cerro Gordo.

A businessman named Mortimer Belshaw is the man who really put the town on the map, though. In 1868, he brought the first batch of silver to Los Angeles and later built a toll road to supply the burgeoning industry. Within a year, the mine was the largest producer of silver and lead in California. 

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The entire ghost town of Seneca in northern California is up for sale , and its owner has turned to Craigslist in an effort to unload the property. of the West” festival in the 1970s (“we have a clipping somewhere,” notes the owner) and is “very close to, or containing a historic Chinese-built gold mine.”

Seneca, California — located in a remote area of the northern part of the state in Lassen National Forest Historic . It was a Gold Rush mining town with hotel, stores, houses, a population of maybe a thousand. The Inquisitr previously reported that a Utah ghost town was put up for sale , but with

“If you look at the history of Cerro Gordo, it was really instrumental in the expansion of Los Angeles,” Rasmuson says. One of structures on the Cerro Gordo property—the Belshaw bunkhouse—still carries on his legacy.

It wasn’t until the 1880s that the mine was finally abandoned after being hit by a fire and falling silver prices. (However, mining operations were revived in 1905 and continued for a couple of decades.) 

The town may be peaceful now, but it wasn’t always so. In the 1860s and ’70s, the town saw a murder per week, according to a Los Angeles Timesarticle from 2006 about the restoration of the property. The property’s late owner, Michael Patterson, told the newspaper that the only sound for miles around “is the whistle of the wind blowing through all the bullet holes in every building up here."

For those who aren't afraid of ghosts, this little slice of Wild West paradise might just be the perfect place to live. Keep scrolling to see  a video of the property.


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