It’s no secret that as soon as you move out of New York, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck, real estate-wise—entire islands cost less than a lot of homes here!—but here’s an especially weird, enticing option: the former gold mining town of Seneca, California, which is now for sale on Craigslist for just $225,000.
Of the ghost town that hasn’t even had a post office since 1943, the seller writes, “Seneca is the real McCoy. Historic. Very close to, or containing a historic Chinese-built gold mine. (There is active gold mining today in the nearby region.) This deal includes the bar and 3 cabins in states of (dis)repair. It was home to the “Woodstock of the West” in the 1970’s — thousands attended (we have a clipping somewhere). Riverfront footage on both sides of the Feather River. Includes an island. A big tree is growing up through the porch of the bar.”
It also comes with a liquor license for the bar (which is called “The Gin Mill,” of course), and though gold reportedly hasn’t been found in the area since 1942, you never know. Best case scenario you strike gold and have an entire old west bar (and scenic plot of land) to yourself. Worst case scenario you tumble down an old mine shaft and/or realize the place is utterly haunted, but still. Seems well worth the risk.
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