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Originally Posted: 2013-09-02 5:20pm

Seneca -- ghost-town with liquor license

Want to buy a ghost town with a bar and liquor license? Expand it into a unique getaway! Perhaps the most remote "restaurant" in Northern California. 9.8 acres. The property includes the "town" and the bar and 3 small rundown cabins and the acreage.

Here's the location in longitude and latitude: 40.112083,-121.0848. You should be able to see the bar from there!

Here's a link to a blog article I posted at my own homepage which includes another handful of photos of the property and cabins: http://outyourbackdoor.com/article.php?id=2077

And here's a link to a 20-sec video of the drive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6WZHVofNcc

Here's the Parcel Number: 002-100-008-000. You can get all the public plat/boundaries info from the Plumas County seat in Quincy or from their website, http://www.countyofplumas.com/index.aspx?nid=102.

The Feather River runs right through this beautiful and remote property. We own on both sides of the river, plus an island. It comes with all rights (mineral, timber, etc). There are no known environmental hazards. We have owned since the mid-1970's.

The liquor license alone is a valuable asset, as there aren't many liquor licenses in this county. There are no utilities and there was no business activity at the bar this past season. A generator is required to provide power. The gorgeous little river provides water via a pipe. The bar can be opened whenever you like. There is no "distillery." The bar is called "the Gin Mill," but that is just its name.

Due to internet reports, this ad is getting some interest. I note that the town is extremely remote and access is weather dependent. The property is on Seneca Road, a public road, and is easy to find. Drive down the road to the bottom of the gorge and you'll see the bar. Just use Google Maps to search for "Seneca, CA." (The Craigslist map isn't very good.) So, find the bar (shack) then look around the immediate vicinity to see most of the property. The bar is at the north end of the 9.8 acres. It is located a 1/2-mile south of the bridge at the bottom of the canyon on Seneca Road.

Note: the cabin, barn and other more modern structures nearby which are in good condition are NOT part of the property. Do not trespass.

If you visit the area at this time of year be sure to travel with winter weather equipment. It is on a dirt road that is often unplowed. A local resident has occasionally done some plowing. There are extreme drop-offs and it is one of the most extreme roads in the region. Be very careful!

For this sale we will provide a Deed plus a Title Search and Title Insurance. Annual property taxes are about $700. The annual seasonal (April>Dec) liquor license fee is about $400.

Seneca is the real McCoy. Historic. Very close to, or containing a historic Chinese-built gold mine. (There is active gold mining today in the nearby region.)

This deal includes the bar and 3 cabins in states of (dis)repair.

It was home to the "Woodstock of the West" in the 1970's -- thousands attended (we have a clipping somewhere). Riverfront footage on both sides of the Feather River. Includes an island. A big tree is growing up through the porch of the bar.

We are interested in selling for health reasons. (The area isn't suitable for anyone in shaky health.)

The public access dirt road from both north and south is one of the most scenic in the USA. (The northern access is scary and features maybe 1000-foot drops into a gorge.) Ishi may well have wandered around these parts. Other famous and notorious details are easily googleable about this ol' town. (Some of the photos I've provided I took during visits and others are gleaned from ghost town and historic reports of Seneca online. All photos are of Seneca.)

Using Google Map you have enough info to drive out and take a look and see the 4 total buildings and river and surrounding acres. After you have taken a look, if you're still serious it's likely that one guided tour can likely still be arranged this fall to see the boundary markers, etc., depending on weather. (The Plumas County seat also has the public info about the property and its boundaries.) A guided tour will take some doing to arrange since the health of the owner is the main reason for the sale. So we suggest a self-guided visit first. The owner is on good terms with the neighbors, but respect their privacy. This is serious country as regards trespassing and pilfering, as well as for getting lost.

You should be acquainted with this type of region before visiting. The southern access is easier in bad weather or wintery seasons, but it includes more forks in the road.

Seneca is a couple miles NE from Butt Lake and is accessible from I-70 via Caribou to the south. It is about 5 miles from Lake Almanor and Hwy 89 to the north.
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