In 2018, Austinite Brent Underwood and a number of other others purchased a Central California ghost city. Now, Underwood is quarantining there – alone.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one Austin man is taking the thought of “social distancing” to a stage that some may take into account … scary.
In 2018, Brent Underwood and a number of other others purchased Cerro Gordo, a mining-turned-ghost city in Central California, about three hours outdoors of Los Angeles and about 200 miles west of Las Vegas.
Now, Underwood is quarantining there – alone.
Underwood isn’t any stranger to unconventional residing conditions. He owns H.K. Austin, a hostel on Cesar Chavez in East Austin. However his isolation in Cerro Gordo hasn’t gone utterly as deliberate.
“I assumed it was going to be clean crusing. I used to be going to return out right here and the whole lot was gonna be nice. I used to be driving up my truck, received caught about 500 yards earlier than the city and I needed to mainly backpack in the remainder of the best way,” he mentioned.
However he is additionally been having an excellent time exploring the city.
“Cerro Gordo [is] this type of sleepy, forgotten mountain city and me, like, simply as a lover of historical past, an American West – the thought that some individuals may personal such an fascinating piece of American historical past is mind-blowing to me,” Underwood mentioned.
So, the large query: Has Underwood seen any ghosts in his ghost city?
“I used to be strolling by the bunkhouse to go watch the sundown, and I observed that the sunshine was on in the lounge, which is not terribly distinctive. As I seemed, any individual opened and closed the curtain,” he mentioned. “That simply introduced me alongside the size of, as an instance from like, nonbeliever to skeptic. To illustrate I used to be like, nicely, ‘[I’ll] entertain these concepts of one thing happening.'”
He mentioned he and the opposite … souls that could be staying in Cerro Gordo appear to have discovered a strategy to coexist.
Underwood additionally mentioned he was within the city as a result of it was a much bigger undertaking than the Austin hostel.
“The rationale was I used to be on the lookout for a hospitality location and that historical past concerned, that was nearer to a serious metropolis, that was somewhat bit larger undertaking than the hostel in Austin. And it is necessary to me. It is one thing that I actually do imagine in deeply. It is one thing that, clearly, I packed my life in a snug Austin condominium to stay out right here with out water for 2 months at a time as a result of I simply cherished the thought of getting extra individuals capable of expertise this,” Underwood mentioned.
As soon as the pandemic is over, Underwood plans to show Cerro Gordo right into a spot for vacationers.
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