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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wanna Buy a Town???



This is Dunmovin, and it's for sale!!!


Legend has it that during the Dust Bowl years, a group of Oklahoma settlers
drove to California, and when they arrived at this spot on Hwy 395 they said...
"We're dun movin'!!!"


Well...I don't know who lives there now...
but it's for sale...


Actually, in the early 1900's it served as a freight station for silver ingots from the 
Cerro Gordo mines...
Charles and Hilda King purchased it in 1936 and changed the name to Dunmovin...
There was a post office there for all of three years...
The rest of the settlement was a roadside service station, a store, tourist cabins, and a cafe...
The property was sold in 1961 and the cafe and store stayed busy for many more years...
It's deserted now...and for sale...
...And that, folks, is the rest of the story...


Anybody interested???




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38 comments:

  1. A great serie, beautiful b&w photo!

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  2. A fascinating story. Looks as if these buildings are set in a lovely mountain area.

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    1. The Eastern Sierra run the length of the Owens Valley, down the middle of which runs Hwy 395...it is a beautiful drive, largely unpopulated due to water issues.

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    1. Definitely...unless you're a desert mouse...

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  4. I'd like to visit it, but I'll pass on the real estate investment.

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  5. Sure! A few shingles and a little paint and it'll be good to go. :-)

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    1. That and a bit more sprucing up on the inside...

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  6. Me! Just some TLC and it's done...lots of peace & quiet up there, I would think! Oh, and maybe a couple of rattlesnakes?
    Cheryl Ann

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    1. Definitely a few rattlesnakes Cheryl Ann!!! But it would be pretty quiet, although it is right on Hwy 395!

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  7. hee hee.... Having just moved, «Louis» is "Dunmovin", too! WHEW!

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    1. Hope you're settled in your new place << Louis >>!!!

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  8. The surroundings are certainly very appealing!

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    1. It certainly has spectacular views!!!

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  9. Love the name and the legend. Did you explore the building innards?

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    1. Behind the compound there are additional buildings that are still occupied...with huge no trespassing signs all over and a huge "KEEP OUT!!!" sign....I had visions of a shotgun in the window pointing in my direction...so...no...I kept to the side of the road!!!

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  10. koselig sted . ihvertfall er landskap vakkert !

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  11. NIce story and collection of images. What's the asking price?

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    1. I have no idea William!!! I'm sure you could call the realtor and get a quote though!!!

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    1. There are numerous interesting spots along Hwy 395 Chai-and-Chardonnay!!! And probably just as many legends!!!

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  13. Looks like a classic "renovators delight" about ten time over. You would have to be a visionary to buy this town.....

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  14. My mother would have joked and said, "It's a little fixer-upper!"

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  15. A visionaries renovation delight fixer upper!!!

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  16. Fascinating place. The views would be wonderful.

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    1. The views definitely are spectacular Dragonstar!!!

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  17. Wonderful series of photos and very interesting story!

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  18. I couldn't resist looking it up. Asking price is.....$549,000.00. Wow!
    The value must be in the land and water.

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  19. I'd love to buy my own town, further up in the mountains. I need some trees.

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  20. Water rights in the Owens Valley are valuable. I think this place is ripe for an artist retreat.

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