If you found this page by Googling “how to start a cult,” please be aware that this is satire and you should definitely not start a cult – unless you plan to make me a co-founder and share the profits.
Yes, this town could easily be a remote getaway or an artist retreat or whatever, but if you’re like me (and if not, why not?) you see “cult starter kit” written all over this town, which is available for purchase, including its liquor license.
Once a Gold Rush mining town with a population of maybe a thousand, and the site of the “Woodstock of the West” in the 1970’s, Seneca, California is now just a bar and three rundown cabins, plus 9.8 acres of land. This includes both sides of a section of the Feather River, an island and a swimming hole.
After you clean yourself out raising the $225,000 asking price for the site, if you’re wondering how you’re going to finance your cult until you get a handful of movie stars to join, the property comes with all rights (mineral, timber, etc) and people are still finding gold not far off. So, have your first batch of minions bring shovels.
Though Seneca is “extremely remote and access is weather dependent,” (4.5 hours from San Francisco, three hours from Sacramento, 2.5 hours from Reno) it’s just 40 minutes from Chester Airport which will be handy when you’re making your escape from the Feds.
All images via Craigslist.