California Ghost Town for Sale

California Ghost Town for Sale

A northern California ghost town is up for sale, with liquor license and bar included.  It can be purchased for less than a quarter million dollars and is over 12 acres in size.

The town, named Seneca, is for sale on Craigslist. The tiny place has numerous small buildings, no environmental threats and picturesque grounds that run along the Feather River. It is located at the end of a long narrow dirt road up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and even has its own island. The buyer will get all this for the price of $225,000.

The deal also comprises of rights to timber and minerals from the land and boasts lakeside footage on each side of the river, which is the chief tributary of the Sacramento River. The town had had a major inflow of settlers and prospectors come to the region during the California Gold Rush in 1849.

All prospective buyers should be familiar with the rural way of life and expect to wait for a couple of days before being able to view the property, because the owner lives a very far distance from the town itself. They also suffer from poor health and that is the reason they are selling in the first place.

The isolated property has the bar, three cabins in need of much repair and almost 10 acres of which the river goes through. There are no utilities so everything must be run by generators. Reaching the area depends on what the weather is doing.

Seneca which was formerly known as North Fork, is an independent community which is located in Plumas County, California. Gold was said to have been found in the area back in 1851, according to a plaque covered in bronze which has been placed on rock near the bar, which caused the thriving beginning of a rough mining town. It once had a blacksmith, opium den, livery, dance hall and even a hotel with showers.

The biggest gold piece ever discovered in Seneca was reported to have been 42 ounces. That made it worth $28,000 back in 1942 or about $394,000 by the gold standard in today’s market. There was a post office that first opened in 1902 and then closed in 1918. It turned right around and opened again five years down the road. It moved to a different building in 1941 and ended up shutting its doors for good in 1943.

The rough dirty road, which leads to Seneca, is dangerous. It has a 1,000-foot drop on the side, one of the owners explained. He also admitted that the cabins were run-down and in need of repair. Callers were also cautioned that they should be familiar with living in very remote territory before ever attempting to even visit the town.

But trying to focus more on the good points, attention was shifted to the liquor license and how it was about the only one in the entire county.  Seneca is a unique escape, but visitors should be acquainted with remote territory before visiting this California ghost town.

By Kimberly Ruble

USA Today

FOX News

LA Times


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