For Sale: Ghost Town in Connecticut; Haunted Gold Mine in Arizona

Remember when Friday used to be Real Estate day around here? I kinda miss that. Well, I don’t have any houses to offer this morning, but if you’re in the mood to think big, here are some interesting lots for sale: an entire ghost town in the great state of Connecticut and a haunted gold mine in Arizona!

The abandoned village of Johnsonville in East Haddam, Connecticut was once a thriving community in the 1800s that had multiple textile mills. The last mill ceased operation in 1972 when it caught on fire due to lightning striking it.

Aerospace millionaire Ray Schmitt eventually purchased the property and turned it into a theme park. The park later closed in 1994 due to pressure from local officials regarding fire damage.

A movie and a music video was filmed after the park closed and the town has been deserted since 1998. It was later purchased by a hotel developer in 2008 that tried to sell the town in 2013 for $2.9 million.

The 62-acre property was auctioned off on October 28 for $1.9 million but now the ghost town is back on the market for $2.4 million because the deal fell through because the buyer disappeared.

Uh. Disappeared? Perhaps he joined the ghosts. Anyway, be the next to invest in this doomed real estate proposition! Or, if you prefer the desert southwest, there’s some haunted shit down there you could bid for instead.

The Octave Mine in Wickenburg, Arizona was once a flourishing gold mine in the late 1800s that produced over 200,000 ounces of gold. The mine has 25 miles of underground tunnels and comes with a 266-acre property that includes a manufactured home. The property is selling for $5,900,000 with an estimated mortgage of $22,444 per month.

When the mine was booming, the town of Octave had a post office, a general store, a stagecoach line, and a school. Now all that’s left is cacti, a desolate desert, and a few of the town’s ghosts.

If that merely serves to wet your whistle, consider this Forbes slideshow of 12 of the strangest properties it found for sale in the US. Among them is this fungus-inspired three-bedroom in New York state that looks like something out of Star Wars.

Mushroom house on Trulia

Yours for under $700K! Not haunted as far as anyone knows, except by the regrets of whoever commissioned and built it.



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