Old California Silver Mining Town Gets New Lease Of Life. Posted by Brian Ford on July 24, 2018
New hope for the historic silver mining ghost town of Cerro Gordo (Fat Hill) in the Inyo Mountains of Central California. The historical property dating back to 1866 was put on sale on June 6 of this year.
Although there were higher offers on the table an investor group led by public relations expert Jon Bier submitted the 1.4 million USD for the winning bid. The seller wanted to ensure the property remained mostly intact so they accepted a lower bid with a preservation clause in the contract.
Mr Bier and his group are finalizing plans to turn the ghost town into a corporate retreat and they will also lease the property out for film and video production. Mr. Biers is partnered with hotelier and entrepreneur Brent Underwood, so its likely a new hotel, hostel or B&B will be added to the historical buildings that remain.
Cerro Gordo remained a functioning mine until as recently as 1957 although silver mining reached its peak production in 1883. The mine also produced lead and Cerro Gordo had a second life in 1911 when zinc production was running at full steam.
Silver mining was started in the area by Pablo Flores in 1865. It was the creation of Fort Independence that was built and opened on July 4th 1862 that kept the native american tribes in check and allowed the mining boom to take hold.