Historic Properties: Want to strike it rich? Mining town rich in history

Few opportunities such as this ever arise. Holabird Americana is offering the complete mining camp ghost towns of Cerro Gordo and Swansea, complete with mineral and water rights at both locations. These are far more than just historic mining camps; they are a mineral resource that comes with the most precious commodity, water rights.

The townsite has 24,000 square feet of buildings remaining, including the incredibly historic hotel, the Belshaw bunkhouse, hoist house, superintendent’s house – about 22 buildings in all. Held by the same family for decades, the site has been extremely well protected from diggers, artifact looters and Mother Nature herself. Restoration has been undertaken on most of the buildings, and the rest are in a state of protected arrested decay.

The site is historic as the first major mining camp south of the Sierra Nevada. Discovered by prospectors in the 1850s and documented in several journals of the period, Cerro Gordo rose to prominence in the early 1860s when rich silver-lead ores were discovered, mined and delivered into the Los Angeles market. Prudence Beaudry, Mortimer Belshaw and others built smelters and an intricate water system capable of treating the difficult Cerro Gordo ores. Ingots and ore were shipped down the mountainside to Swansea, which at the time was on the edge of Owens Lake until Los Angeles drained the water out of the valley just after 1910. The site turned into a major mining district in itself.

Holabird Americana welcomes questions on this unique offering. The property is for sale. The price, terms and specifications of the sale are and can be variable to suit the prospective buyer. If looking for a choice, high quality gold/silver exploration opportunity, this is your baby. If you are after one of the best ghost towns in the American West, this is your only chance.

Holabird Americana specializes in the sale and appraisal of antiquarian mining goods, including old stock certificates, documents, photographs and other antiques and collectibles relating to Western mining and history, dating from circa 1850 to circa 1950. They produce several Fixed Price Catalogs each year. The company has become known for well-researched histories on the mining companies, historical figures and mining districts of the items they sell. Holabird-Kagin Americana (a division of Kagin’s Inc.) is located at 3555 Airway Drive #308, Reno, NV 89511. For more information, call 775-852-8822 or visit www.holabirdamericana.com.