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I decided to push the limits a bit here and go down the main mine shaft at Cerro Gordo overnight. The way the mine works, I had to take the cage down and get picked up the next day, so there was no way out. If the idea itself wasn’t crazy enough, I made it even harder on myself by forgetting key pieces of equipment above ground, which I only realized hours into my time down there.
I heard voices throughout the night and kept seeing flashes of light. I don’t draw that much continued attention to that side of it in the video, because I don’t like overplaying ‘haunted’ or ‘creepy’ side of it. I think that can be overplayed easily and not what I want the channel to stand on. But hope you enjoy my experience down there!
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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 bullion 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.
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