IamA guy who bought a 22-building 'ghost town' over a year ago with a friend. It was once California's largest silver producer and had a murder a week. I've been up here for past 3 weeks quarantining and currently snowed-in with no way out of the ...
About a year ago, I did an AMA about a former mining town I purchased with a friend called Cerro Gordo. You can see some photos of the town here
I'm currently at the town filling in for our caretaker who has been home for past 3 weeks. I'm up here socially distancing and currently snowed in with at least 4 ft of snow on our 7 mile road back to civilization. Seemed like a great time to do an AMA!
We've done a number of renovations since buying and the last year or so has been filled with lots of adventures and people.
For more background on the property:
Cerro Gordo 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.
Currently, there are about 22 buildings still standing over 380 acres. We've been in process of restoring them.
The plan was to develop a hospitality destination where people would stay overnight. COVID-19 and other things are impacting that plan heavily.
PROOF: Here is a photo from today: https://imgur.com/a/uvmIqJp
EDIT: If you want to follow along in future, here is our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cerro.gordo.ca/
EDIT 2: I send updates about the town from time to time from email list. Can find that and contact me here: http://brentunderwood.com/