Iama guy who purchased a 380 acre ‘ghost town’ with a friend. It once was California’s largest silver mine, has a population of 4500, and was known to have a murder a week. Currently it has a population of 1. AMA
My name is Brent and with my friend Jon purchased the former mining town of “Cerro Gordo” this past July 13th (Friday the 13th). The town was originally established in 1865 and by 1869 they were pulling 340 tons of bullion out of the mountain for Los Angeles.
The silver from Cerro Gordo was responsible for building Los Angeles. The prosperity of Cerro Gordo demanded a larger port city and pushed LA to develop quickly.
The Los Angeles News once wrote:
“What Los Angeles is, is mainly due to it. It is the silver cord that binds our present existence. Should it be uncomfortably severed, we would inevitably collapse.”
In total, there has been over $17,000,000 of minerals pulled from Cerro Gordo. Adjusted for inflation, that number is close to $500,000,000.
It’s been a wild ride so far owning a ‘ghost town’ and we’re having a lot of fun figuring out what to do with it.
You can follow along with us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/brentwunderwood/
And Jon's antics here: https://www.instagram.com/jonbier13/
Or you can put in email on this link to be emailed updates: http://brentunderwood.com/r-iama-friday-april-19/
Here are a couple links with more background:
Would love to chat towns, history, real estate, whatever reddit may have in mind. AMA!
EDIT: Headed to Cerro Gordo tomorrow. If you have question for Robert message me on Instagram and I'll ask a few of them live for IG story