If you are lucky, you might just have time to bid for this 12-acre ghost town and gold mine in Seneca, California which is up for sale on Craigslist.
Bidding started back in November 2013 and didn’t exactly go crazy, but apparently has now reached an impressive $240,000. The current owners of the little ghost town say there were actually initially hoping for a mere $10,000 over this amount, but figure maybe it’s time to just accept the bid.
When they initially asked $250,000 they didn’t get much of a response, so they lowered it to $225,000 and apparently that did the trick, according to one of the owners, Jeff Potter.
Tim Ten Brink is Potter’s uncle and together with a friend the trio have apparently owned it since finding it on a hunting trip back in 1975. At the time they paid a princely $60,000 for the property. The little town apparently has a bar and some rundown cabins, and of course a whole gold mine of your own, if you happened to become the lucky owner.
According to the ad on Craigslist, the property is quite possibly the very last bit of private acreage within a National Forest. It states that the northern road leading to the property is, in their words, “darn scary”, as it includes a 1,000 foot drop into a gorge below. They do say that the southern access road is easier traveling in winter or bad weather. A video showing the rather hair-raising northern road is included here:
It actually sounds like a good deal, as the sale would include all mineral and timber rights on the land, and the property even has waterfront frontage . The property is located on both sides of the Feather River, which apparently attracted a huge influx of settlers and prospectors back in the 1849 California Gold Rush.
The owners tried selling it with the help of real estate agents, but the sheer condition of the place and its location just didn’t appeal. Potter said the agents thought the whole thing was a crazy idea.
So the guys decided to try their own luck by putting the whole California ghost town and gold mine for sale on Craigslist. After news of the advert hit the media, calls started coming in and they now have four potential buyers in the $240,000 price range.
While there is no actual deadline, as such, for the deal, it will be closing shortly.
According to Potter it is going to be difficult for them to part with the place, but his uncle is not well, and can no longer care for the property like he used to. Apparently his uncle used to make a little money from the bar, which had a little history to it. According to Potter, the bar was a place where the gold miners used to count their riches, or on the other hand curse their bad luck.
Potter actually remembers one miner sitting at the bar, holding a mason jar full of gold. He said it was amazing to hold something that heavy.
Potter’s uncle hopes that whoever buys the property will preserve the land. Some of the ideas that have cropped up have apparently made him cringe, like for instance a haunted house tour.
However, Potter says they will probably take the highest bid and he hopes that the new owner will fix up the California ghost town and gold mine as it has tremendous publicity value, so much so that it even went for sale on Craigslist. For more photos of the property, see the Daily Mail link below.
By Anne Sewell