A ghost town in California will be regenerated as a tourist attraction

Last month, Cerro Gordo in California made headlines when it went on the market for the very first time and the internet was rife about what wild possibilities you could make a reality with your very own ghost town. Now it’s been snapped up and it looks like it will become a tourist destination in the near future.

The Cerro Godo ghost town has been sold. Photo by GeoStock

With an initial asking price of $925,000, the entire town ended up being sold for $1.4 million to a group of investors based in nearby Los Angeles, with the sale being fittingly closed on Friday 13 July. A successful sale was contingent on the original owners being happy with the prospective plans for the town and the group beat out competition from bidders who wanted to turn the area into a marijuana farm.

The group behind the sale want to make the entire 300 acres into a unique tourist destination, while maintaining and restoring the historical buildings. It was their dedication to the history of the site that swayed the sale in their favour. In an interview with CNN, they revealed they want to host a whole series of diverse events, including music gigs, dining experiences, theatre productions and writing retreats.

The history of the town will be preserved. Photo by David Lofink CC BY 2.0

The town in the Inyo Mountains was once a prosperous mining community from 1865 to 1957. It’s been family-owned for generations and is somewhat of an off-the-beaten-track tourist attraction but more for its abandoned nature than facilities. There are currently 22 buildings left on site with plenty of room to build more as needed. It’s also just four hours drive from both Las Vegas and Los Angeles.