Los Angeles: A town near the happening US city of Las Vegas — complete with a 10-unit hotel, a casino, a community centre and a fire station — is up for sale at a price of USD 8 million.
The town Cal-Nev-Ari, about 130 km south of Las Vegas, has been put on sale by Nancy Kidwell. She and her first husband, Slim, named the town for the three states that intersect nearby (California, Nevada and Arizona).
About 375 people live in the town that sports a 10-unit hotel with, a general store, a laundromat and community centre. There is even a fire station.
The 520-acre land — the complete town — is up for sale at an asking price of USD 8 million, the CBS News reported.
Among the residents is 12-year-old Trace Madsen. Talking about the town, he said, “it may look bland and boring, but it’s pretty cool.”
Ms Kidwell and her first husband had got 640 acres and a World War II dirt airstrip from the federal government at no charge in the 1960s.
The only residents then were the tumbleweeds. There was neither water nor power. The couple worked hard to bring basic facilities to the town.
Ms Kidwell does everything in Cal-Nev-Ari, from ordering the beef patties for the cafe, to opening up the post office, and hiring the bartenders for the 24-hour saloon.
For 51 years, Ms Kidwell has ruled the roost in the town. “Go up and check the water tank every day, make sure it’s full, before I come to the casino,” she said.
Asked why she does not have people for that, Ms Kidwell said, “I wouldn’t trust them. I have to see it for myself because I know the system.”
But now at 78-years-old with no children or surviving spouse, Ms Kidwell grudgingly admitted time has the upper hand.
“I’m selling it because I’m not getting any younger,” Ms Kidwell was quoted as saying.
“I haven’t found the fountain of youth, and there’s no one to take my place, so I have to start providing for the future of the community,” she said.
Fred Marik, who is handling the sale, said more than three-quarters of the town is undeveloped — a real jackpot in a state where the feds own 80 per cent of the land. And so far there are three interested buyers.