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'Frighteningly Cool': Ghost Town Inspires Ideas for Real-Life Westworld

From pet sanctuaries to a setting for brand-new westerns: The Internet has literally exploded with ideas for repurposing a California ghost town which has appeared on the market for less than one million dollars; most agree it costs just peanuts in light of more banal options in the Golden State's real estate market.

An abandoned town dating back to the 19th-century silver rush, nestled off the beaten track in California's Inyo Mountains is now for sale for a little less than $ 925,000, and even boasts its own website giving full details of the offer.

CC BY-SA 3.0 / QKC / Cerro Gordo Main street of the silver-mining ghost town of Cerro Gordo
 	  Main street of the silver-mining ghost town of Cerro Gordo  - Sputnik International
Main street of the silver-mining ghost town of Cerro Gordo

The deserted mining town of Cerro Gordo covers a vast 300 acre stretch of land and includes an array of buildings that may serve a variety of both physical, as well as spiritual needs — an abandoned hotel, a church, a saloon and others.

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Most importantly, the atypical listing offers opportunities for creative fulfillment, as the location may serve as an ideal set for the cowboy dramas that have always been a fixture of Hollywood entertainment. The social networks were quick to take notice, with users indulging in fantasies involving proposed scenes for the wildly popular West World series.

Some seem to have taken the idea seriously enough, speculating that less than a million dollars is a steal, given the "rough" real estate market in California. According to the US multiple-listing site Trulia, the average home price in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, is approximately $1,098,000. 

A number of users even invited their friends to pool their money in order to snag the abandoned town, eagerly theorizing over potential business initiatives. Not all potential buyers were inspired by Wild West ambitions; one user suggested the place could fulfill a more social function by becoming a gigantic cat sanctuary, while another one pointed to a "transcendental" experience:

The real estate agent in charge of the sales, Jake Rasmuson, naturally welcomes potential purchasers to see the area with their own eyes, saying it is a good chance for someone to claim ownership of "a real piece of the Wild West and American history." Cerro Gordo, which sprang to existence in 1865 as once the major producers of silver and lead in the area, is essentially open to the public for touring. 

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