California ghost town for sale
The road ends in a clearing, where a plaque declares that “gold was found in 1851 and a wild mining town was born,” with a nearby post office, hotel, blacksmith and a steady supply of gold-hungry miners.
These days, it’s home to three dilapidated cabins, some sheds, a few old motor homes and a weathered bar called the Gin Mill, where for nearly six decades a tiny woman named Marie Sabin served up beer chilled in a gas-powered refrigerator.
The bar and the surrounding 10 acres are for sale, and what the place lacks in comfort and accessibility it makes up for with a colorful history stretching back to the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the desperate days of the Great Depression.
The allure is owning a remote slice of California that’s in no rush to shake off its rugged past.