A man who bought a California ghost town with hopes of reviving it is now trapped there amid coronavirus lockdown.
Brent Underwood, 32, and his friend, Jon Bier, shelled out a whopping $1.4 million in 2018 to buy Cerro Gordo, a former silver mining town with a storied past in the Inyo Mountains, near Death Valley, according to the New York Times. There bid was one of many considered for the historic town.
In April, after agreeing to take over duties of the town’s hired full-time caretaker amid the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Underwood became stuck when a freak snowstorm buried the town in 5 feet of snow.
His current lodging has no running water and the closest nearby town is 7 miles away.
To make matters worse? Underwood says the town, which allegedly saw at least one murder per week during its heyday, has a reputation for being haunted.
“Things are moving around, I’m seeing curtains move, I’m hearing things in the night,” he told the New York Post. “There’s no draft, but things drop inside of houses.”
Underwood told Business Insider that Cerro Gordo, which was founded in 1865 and has been abandoned for almost 100 years, was largely a lawless town forsaken by police since it is located 200 miles outside of Los Angeles.
Although he was hoping to reopen the town in May to tourists, Underwood has since delayed his plans. In the meantime, he’s working on renovating what he can, despite the snow and pandemic.
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