8 Months Alone In A Ghost Town


Updates from my 8th month living full-time in the abandoned mining town of Cerro Gordo! American Hotel progress, winterization for the animals, a new outhouse, and more!

For more photos of updates and progress, follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brentwunderwood/

If you’re interested in volunteering with the hotel rebuild, please fill out this form and I’ll get back ASAP. Thank you! https://forms.gle/RvieoTLMRnDf1dVXA

If you’re interested in more written content, weekly blog updates, and more, I’ve set up a Patreon for the town here: https://www.patreon.com/ghosttownliving

All proceeds go towards the rebuilding of the American Hotel.

Same with all our merch! Lots of new hoodies, t-shirts, and more just in stock this week: https://store.cerrogordomines.com/

My mailing address is: PO Box 490, Lone Pine, CA 93545

I moved to Cerro Gordo in March 2020 because of the pandemic and to relieve our longtime caretaker so he could be back home. I’ve been here ever since. There have been ups and downs, but I feel I am learning a lot and becoming a better person.

Follow along on this channel for more from the town. I have no plans to leave and will continue making videos to update the progress on all the projects!

The town was originally established in 1865 and by 1869 they were pulling 340 tons of ore out of the mountain for Los Angeles.

The silver from Cerro Gordo was responsible for building Los Angeles. The prosperity of Cerro Gordo demanded a larger port city and pushed LA to develop quickly.

The Los Angeles News once wrote:

“What Los Angeles is, is mainly due to it. It is the silver cord that binds our present existence. Should it be uncomfortably severed, we would inevitably collapse.”

In total, there has been over $17,000,000 of minerals pulled from Cerro Gordo. Adjusted for inflation, that number is close to $500,000,000.

It’s been a wild ride so far owning a ‘ghost town’ and we’re having a lot of fun figuring out what to do with it.

The type of things that might lead you here are interests in ghost towns, abandoned mining towns, abandoned cities, California history, the zombie apocalypse, ghost stories, scary stories, nature, death valley, lone pine CA, mines, exploring, overnight challenges, exploration, urban exploration and yes theory.

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Jason Smith

Former Marine, IT Guy & Builder of Websites.  I have 5 US states left to visit. I enjoy hot springs, adventures, hiking, photography, sci-fi, wine, coffee & whiskey.  I am fluent in sarcasm, name that tune, & speak in movie quotes.  I spend most of my time building websites, fixing computers, metal detecting, magnet fishing and gaming occasionally.

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