Of all the creepy things to own, you can now actually buy a ghost town.
The tiny town of Cabin Creek, east of Denver, Colorado, which has been abandoned for decades, is now on the market for sale — and people are actually interested in investing in it.
“We've had so many people look, it's been amazing,” said James Johnson, the owner of the small rural township along Highway 36.
Johnson recently placed a “for sale” advertisement for the village — which includes an old gas station, a café, a motel and a small house — on Craigslist for just $350,000.
Johnson chanced upon the quaint town decades ago and loved it so much, that he actually bought it, despite the disapproval of some people. Back then, Cabin Creek was not yet abandoned.
“The couple who owned the town, and ran the cafe, served the best chicken fried steak in the state,” said Joan Lippett, who lives in Byers and was a resident of Cabin Creek.
However, the town took the turn for the worse in the 1970s. The owners apparently hosted a group of strangers in Cabin Creek, and the visitors, finding out the owners had money, committed murder.
“Then everything just, literally, there was nobody here, so these buildings sat totally vacant. Nothing going on out here for a number of years,” Johnson said.
Johnson wanted to turn the village into a Route 66-style tourist hotspot but his wife had others plans. She convinced him to retire and move somewhere else and so Johnson is now faced with the difficult decision of selling his beloved property.
“The hardest part out here is you're not going to get a regular conventional loan on this property. You say ghost town and they say what?” Johnson said.
If the place has witnessed murder, it’s bound to make people wary of it. After all, who knows what phantoms might roam the streets after dark.
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