As many of you know, the American Hotel at Cerro Gordo burned down June 15, 2020.
We are crushed, devastated, and drained. The common assessment right now is that the culprit was a doomed combination of old and faulty electrical and thin dry wood that was insulated by 100 year old newspaper.
We will mourn this properly, but we have no choice to see beyond this quickly and move forward. Cerro Gordo has at several times in its history burned down. The town that once had hundreds of buildings now has less than twenty. While modern materials will help us minimize this in the future, we are here now, and we still have a lot to be thankful for.
We have the architectural specs for the hotel. We have the original plans for the bar in the hotel. We just need a lot of money to rebuild.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we are selling original nails recovered from the ashes of the hotel. These are 1800s nails that once held together the American Hotel.
Now you can own a piece of American History and help us rebuild the hotel for generations to come.
Each order comes with one nail and accompanying information card, hand stamped with an American Hotel logo.
The suggested donation is $10 for each nail, but an additional donation is greatly appreciated. Every dollar collected will go directly into rebuilding efforts.
The Journal of Lost Mine Canyon is the first novel by Cerro Gordo's caretaker, Robert L Desmarais.
The ground shook with such force that the the mountain began to crumble right where Abe Ransom had his camp. He dodged the first few boulders and slabs of granite, but a major rock slide caught him before he could get clear of the area. He became covered along with his gold discovery. It was over a hundred and forty years later that Abe's journal was discovered in a pile of rock that mother nature had rearranged. Jim Ward was on a deer hunting trip where he discovered the old leather-bound book and a few items that showed someone had been in the area a long time ago. Jim knew who to give the book to, someone who could get the story out of it. Jake Marshall owned a mining and treasure hunting business and had the resources to research and possibly find a lost treasure. This treasure hunt took the men to the utmost limits of their abilities and endurance, and Mother Nature gave them some tastes of Hell, but the treasure was there, just like the old journal described, two hundred pounds of gold.