Man spends life savings to buy ghost town during the pandemic
Man spends life savings to buy ghost town during the pandemic

Man spends life savings to buy ghost town during the pandemic

We’ve all wished we could escape reality during the pandemic – and one man has done that by buying a ghost town and living there.

32-year-old Brent Underwood spent his life savings on the run-down silver mining town of Cerro Gordo for $1.4 million in 2018.

But when the pandemic hit, he moved into the ghost town with his wife. And unsurprisingly, he’s never left. Despite being hit with snowstorms that cut the town off for months and ghost sightings, he’s decided he’s better off there than in the middle of a pandemic.

Which we really can’t argue with. Until we found out that the town has no water, electricity or sewer system.

A real life ghost town?

His big dream is to turn the ghost town into a tourist attraction. The town once had over 500 buildings but over time only 22 remain.

The town is located in one of the toughest spots in America. Death Valley, the hottest place in the world, lies below. And to the other side is Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in America.

But thanks to his adventures which he’s documented on Youtube, he’s built up a large following. And when things return to a semblance of normal, he could well return the mining town to its former glory.

And he might even have his first visitor.

“I was not a big believer in ghosts prior to buying Cerro Gordo,” Underwood told Vice. “Then one night I was here and I was walking to this sunset spot I like to go to and I know I saw somebody look out the window of the bunkhouse, and the light was on. They looked out the window, then closed the curtain.”

An actual ghost town during a pandemic. How very 2021.

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