Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Texas ghost town is sold on eBay

How would you like to buy a piece of history? How about a historic ghost town in the American south? eBay may be your answer.

The BBC has a report titled Texas ghost town is sold on eBay. The town of Albert, Texas went cheap for a mere three million dollars.

Mind you, there is not a lot to this uninhabited town. The article noted, "He (current owner Bobby Cave) said the town's population consisted of himself and a groundsman at weekends. The winning buyer will take over an icehouse created from the frame of the old general store, a pavilion, an 85-year-old dance hall, a tractor shed and a three-bedroom house, together with peach and pecan orchards."

But still, to buy a whole historic town like this. It is either a great opportunity or a travesty depending on how historians may view it. I would not mind buying a ghost town but I doubt my academic salary will ever allow for it.

I wonder how much my small hometown (still inhabited) would go for? Of course, it is not that historic but give it time...

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