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From A Holy City To A Ghost Town; Now What Do You Make Of It?

Want To Buy A Town?

It may not fall on the list of holy cities, but it is called Holy City, even though it may never have been much more than a sideshow.  Frankly, it probably qualifies more as a ghost town than anything else.

Although MITPC doesn't sell real estate, you can buy Holy City, a 142-acre tract of land outside Silicon Valley for a cool $11,000,000.  Heck, it used to have a Post Office, but right now it has only one resident, Tom Stanton. 

You can, however, build up to 10 homes on the land, but if you're into wine, you'd probably prefer to start a vineyard.  It's near the right area, and you might just be able to get some marketing value out of the name, and perhaps its history. 

The town started out as a somewhat commune in the 1920s, and pretty much lasted that way until a freeway was built nearby that took traffic away from the original road, called Highway 17.  According to Lisa Leff of the AP, the town was founded by one "William E. Riker, a former necktie salesman and palm reader who staged four campaigns for governor and corresponded with Adolf Hitler."

The government tried him for sedition during the 40s, the FCC shut down a radio station he tried to run and his "charity," the "Perfect Divine Christian Way" was investigated for financial abuse.

Riker, while preaching chastity and poverty, had married four times and drove around the town in Cadillacs.

Maybe MIPTC will put in a bid for the property.  I've always thought there'd be a ready market for holy wine

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