If you think being home alone is scary enough with noises that go bump in the night, imagine living alone in an abandoned ghost town in the middle nowhere. We can’t imagine that but American entrepreneur, Brent Underwood is living the ghost town dream right now.
In 2018, the 31-year-old and his business partner, John Bier had bought a once-famous 100-year-old mining town in California, Cerro Gordo for $1.4 million dollars in hopes of turning it into a tourist destination in the future.
However, 2020 came with the pandemic making everyone postpone plans ’til the next ice age. Thus, Underwood packed his bag and made his way to Cerro Gordo from Austin, Texas to take isolation to a whole new level by staying in the 300-acre town for at least 6 months.
During his time there, Underwood’s only companions included five baby Boer goats and seven kittens.
He also spent this time learning outdoor skills such as tracking mountain animals and taking up astrophotography while exploring abandoned mine-shafts which he documents for his millions of followers on Tik Tok and YouTube, as reported by Tampa Bay.
According to The Insider, not every day was smooth sailing as he had to undergo a snowstorm that left him trapped in the town for almost three weeks with minimal food and water, and after the snow had melted in April, he had contracted appendicitis. With no other choice, he was forced to drive to the nearest hospital which was three hours away and every minute was excruciatingly painful.
Despite its bloody history that includes murder and hardships, the town of Cerro Gordo remains as an important landmark in California as the mining work helped to develop what Los Angeles is today.
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Lounging 500 ft deep in a mine. When you have extra furniture and extra mines you make, a mine lounge? Deep den? Need some assistance on what to call this secret hideaway and maybe some interior decorating help. But I love it! I took a video this week of exploring some different mines and creating this masterpiece. Click link in bio to check out video, but give me some naming help below. Also, other things to include? Ping pong? What else…
As for Underwood, although his stay there has been more than challenging, we’re glad and impressed by how he manages to look on the bright side of things as he believes that he would have a really good campfire story to tell someday.