An entire town for sale on Craigslist – a ghost town, that is.
If you have $225,000 lying around to spare, you can own your very own ghost town, which includes a liquor license.
Seneca, California — located in a remote area of the northern part of the state in Lassen National Forest — is being advertised for sale on Craigslist. Potential buyers should be aware that there are few, if any, amenities.
The isolated town, which is about 2-1/2 hours northwest of Reno, Nevada, “consists of a bar with a liquor license, three rundown cabins, and 9.8 acres of land that also includes a small island with a swimming hole,” CNET.com reports. The bar, which is currently empty and shuttered is called, appropriately enough give the town’s history, “the Gin Mill.”
The Craigslist ad calls it the most “remote restaurant” in Northern California, among other things, and discusses the history of the area. “Seneca is the real McCoy. Historic. It was a Gold Rush mining town with hotel, stores, houses, a population of maybe a thousand. Very close to historic Chinese-built gold mines — with 500 Chinese miners and an opium den. Old mining equipment is laying around. (There is active small-scale gold mining today in the nearby region.) ”
In the 1970s, Seneca was apparently known as the “Woodstock of the West.”
According to the Out Your Backdoor website, Seneca is “a ghost town but actually it’s still the social center of the area when the bar is open. Folks still do small-scale gold mining around there. Locals stop by. Miners stop by. Tourists do, too. It’s a very wild and remote place yet it’s still somewhat accessible to paved roads.” An open house for the potential ghost town purchasers is scheduled for November 24 and 25. The new owner will also receive mineral and timber rights.
The Inquisitr previously reported that a Utah ghost town was put up for sale, but with an asking price of nearly $4 million. Woodside, Utah, consists of 700 acres, including partial water and mineral rights.