News & Opinion | June 16, 2018 5:00 am

For Sale: This 300-Acre California Ghost Town

Asking price for the former Wild West mining town, Cerro Gordo, is $925,000.

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Cerro Gordo, California (Wikipedia)

You can now buy an entire town in California. A 19th century ghost town that includes an abandoned hotel, church, and bunkhouse is officially on the market. Cerro Gordo, which means “fat hill,” is south of the Sierra Nevada mountains and covers more than 300 acres of land, according to CNN. There are 22 structures remaining on the site. The abandoned mining town had been in family hands for decades, but the family is now ready to sell, with an asking price of $925,000. Real estate agent Jake Rasmuson said that there is a “substantial amount of interest,” with some people looking at turning Cerro Gordo into a theme park or a marijuana-accepting town.

“I would say given the owner’s history with the town and love for the town, it’s not only the price that’s important, but the future use. Quite a few individuals want to buy it to preserve the history,” Rasmusson said, according to CNN. 

The town was started as a small mining town after the discovery of silver in 1865. At one point, it was the largest producer of silver and lead in California. Rasmuson said that in its heyday, the town “averaged a murder a week. It’s really part of the Wild West.”