Tour a Colorado Ghost Town You Can Buy on Craigslist

Part of Cabin Creek, Colorado, a so-called ghost town for sale on Craigslist. Additional photos below.
Part of Cabin Creek, Colorado, a so-called ghost town for sale on Craigslist. Additional photos below.

"Ghost Town for Sale!! $350,000."

That's the opening pitch of a Craigslist ad for Cabin Creek, Colorado, a collection of buildings off Highway 36 in Adams County, near Byers, about a 45-minute drive from Denver.

And while the offer has gotten loads of attention thus far, owner James Johnson admits that completing a transaction for the place has proven difficult.

"It's got to be a buyer with a lot of cash on hand," Johnson says. "You can't get financing for a ghost town. If you could, we would have sold it a dozen times already."

A wider angle on Cabin Creek.
A wider angle on Cabin Creek.

According to Johnson, he first spotted the property while driving past it as a teenager — and years later, he was able to obtain the spread, which includes just under five acres of land plus a gas station, an eight-room motel, a roadside cafe, an eight-space RV park, two houses and a private shooting range.

He estimates that it took him a couple of years to make the necessary repairs to the assorted structures to make the place livable, after which he sold it to a nonprofit that subsequently neglected the place and allowed its clients "to completely trash it. They ripped out all the wiring and all the other stuff that I'd done to fix it up in the first place."

And so in 2012, after six years, the property returned to Johnson, who had to redo much of the repair work he'd tackled more than a decade earlier — a process that soured him on holding on to Cabin Creek for the long term.

In the interim, Johnson allowed a company called Wanted Clown Productions to use Cabin Creek for a haunted house.

Tour a Colorado Ghost Town You Can Buy on Craigslist
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A haunting real-life event took place at Cabin Creek almost three decades earlier — the 1987 murders of Grace Kuamoo, 73, and Russell Schwartzmiller, 48, by Steven Miller, 34, and John 'Doc' Whitus Jr., 36, a pair of California killers who'd been on the run for more than a year.

Miller and Whitus were subsequently killed during a gunfight with authorities in Helena, Montana, after a propane tank exploded, burning them to death.

Do Kuamoo and Schwartzmiller haunt Cabin Creek? According to Johnson, the property's been scoped out by paranormal investigators who said "they heard some things," but he's not convinced.

"I lived for years in a mobile home while I was fixing up the place," he says. "I never experienced anything that would make me feel it was haunted, and after all that time, you'd think I would have if it was."

Still, the story of the slayings only adds to Cabin Creek's ghost-town allure, and Johnson says, "We've had a lot of looky-loos, a lot of drive-bys" since he put the burg up for sale on Craigslist, in addition to inquiries from curious folks across the globe.

Thus far, however, no one's pulled out a checkbook — "and that's what we want to see," Johnson says, laughing.

Continue to check out text from the Cabin Creek Craigslist ad, featuring plenty of additional photos.

Cabin Creek Colorado

Ghost Town for Sale!! $350,000

Have a huge family? Want to start a business? Need a huge shop? Racing Fans? Fix and flip? Just want acreage out of town? Own it all. Just under 5 acres of property with the old Gas Station, 8 room Motel, Road Side Restaurant Cafe, 8 space RV Park, 2 Houses, and private shooting range. You will have over 500ft of Highway 36 frontage with 4 driveway entrances to draw in Customers. The traffic going out to High Plains Raceway on the weekends could be huge $$. All paved highway to the property, easy 45min commute to Denver and only 10 minutes from Byers/I-70 exit. Most neighbors are hundreds of acres away. Property is in Adams County.

Here are the Basics.

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Commercial Zoned Shop

The old Gas Station still has pumps outside. 3300 sq ft Building was a gas station repair shop and at one point a movie theater! It has a 300 sq ft office with men's and woman's restrooms, 800 sq ft front showroom, 2200 sq ft clear span shop with 12 ft overhead door. Concrete block construction. Concrete floors. Separate metered 200 amp electric service. Mobile home space behind the Garage.

Cafe

Old road side Cafe had small seating area, bathroom, cook kitchen, manager's office, underground cold storage room and 3 bedrooms in the basement. Side of building has Men's and Woman's restrooms for the public and RV park use. Behind Cafe is a 10 ft x 8 ft concrete block "smokehouse" with fire pit, you could smoke huge amounts of meat in that! Main floor is 1864 sq ft with 624 sq ft basement. Cold storage is about 6 x 10 ft. Backlit Cafe and Pepsi sign on 15 ft pole out in front.

RV spaces.

8 RV spaces are behind the Cafe. Have water, sewer, and electric. RV spaces are on separate electric meter. Also have outside restrooms next to the Cafe.

Motel

8 unit single story motel. Building is 222 5sq ft concrete block construction. Has new electric meter with 200 amp service. Cabin Creek Motel neon sign out near road.

House

1074 Sq ft 2 bedroom one bath house with separate laundry/mudroom and front sun room. Propane heat with electric water heater.

We did mention this is a ghost town right? What to do first? We brought in a motor home to live in and started work. This property needs major work and restoration and here is how we started.

Electrical Service.

First thing was to get power turned back on. The property has 4 electric meters. We installed a brand new 200 amp service and breaker panel at the Motel. The Garage has a 200 amp panel that also feeds the well and Mobile home space. The well has new service wiring and the Mobile home has new service wiring. The House has a 100 amp panel. The RV park and Cafe still need work.

Now that we have power we needed water.

Continue for more photos and details about Cabin Creek, Colorado, available now on Craigslist.


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