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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter . Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 1 R GIONAL The Pulga bridge sits down the Feather River Canyon, offering passage between Plumas and Butte Counties. The town of Pulga itself, located one mile off the highway, was put up for sale and purchased a little over a week ago. Photos by James Wilson Ladybugs clump together on a wall that borders Main Street in Pulga. The town itself is a popular destination for ladybugs, which cover the ground of certain areas in the town. ,. New owners Tiny canyon s00;mement of Pulga sells for $499,000 estled down an offset of the North Fork Feather River, the tiny town of Pulga sits waiting for its new ca etakers. The town was recently put up for sal,, and- attracted national attention. Pulga's current owner, Lorraine Paloma, put the 63-acre town up for sale with a price tag of $499,000 earlier this year, but had no success attracting a buyer. On Oct. 25, the Chico Enterprise-Record published a story about Pulga's listing, Which immediately went viral. "It's just a wonderful place o live," Paloma told the Chic0 Enterprise-Record. 'Someone recently asked me what my favorite part is. It hanges every day." : Traffic down the one-lane ioad to the tiny town got :quite a bit busier instantly, nd later that day Polama :eceived an offer she decided to accept. Literally vernight, a town was sold. Town history William King founded .Pulga in 1885. King omesteaded the area with his family after recognizing the potential the canyon ,within a canyon had to offer. King built the town up as a popular stopover for railroad workers. Pulga :attracted a larger ommunity, and was :estimated to house between 200 and 400 residents in the 1930s. The town had all the essentis of a railroad town . a general store, lodging ,accommodations, a post office and a saloon. As the highway was constructed and became the main way people traveled through the Canyon, the popularity of Pulga as a town dwindled and the population decreased. The property stayed in the King family for more than 100 years. King's granddaughter Mary Schooner established an artist colony of around 60 people. Schooner let go of her family's property in 1994, when she sold it to Paloma. Paloma and her childhood friend Fred Leidecker used the 63 acres to open the Mystic Valley Retreat, a hypnotherapy school and center. Throughout the years, the business attracted The old schoolhouse at Pulga is one of the functional structures that sold with the town itself. In addition, four livable cabins sit on the property. This row of cabins is some of the several dilapidated structures on the 63-acre property. Remnants of the historic town are scattered around the property. clients from all over the U.S., but Paloma and Leidecker remained the only two residents of Pulga. Highlights of the area Though Pulga is no longer in its prime, the property still has lots of redeeming qualities. On the 63 acres, two creeks run through the property. Four houses are still fit to live in; multiple additional cabins are in various states of disrepair. An old schoolhouse, currently in use as the base of operations for the Mystic Valley Retreat, sits toward the top of the property. The schoolhouse is in good shape, with an older rustic charm. A local spring keeps Pulga lush and green, and provides running water for all its buildings. Pulga happens to be a popular destination for ladybugs as well. Ladybugs inhabit the grassy areas around the main street near Fred Leidecker, one of Pulga's two residents, poses with what remains of Flynn's General Store. At one point, Pulga had a general .store, a saloon, a post office and a train station. the railroad tracks. The sale After more than 20 years living in and caring for the tiny town of Pulga, Paloma and Leidecker decided to call it quits and move to more habited areas. "Our age is the main reason we're selling it,, said Leidecker. "I'm 76, she's 75. There's just two of us here with 63 acres and all these buildings that are falling down. It's getting to be too much." To sell the land, Paloma went to the same broker she bought it from: Ray Vindhurst with Century 21 out of Paradise. Vindhurst listed the town for sale, but wasn't attracting any offers, "When I sold it to (Paloma) 20 years ago, I went to a newspaper in Oroville and asked them to write an article," said Vindhurst. "They did, and that's what attracted (Paloma) to it. This time I went to a Chico newspaper." Saturday morning, Edwin Zabel and his daughter Julie Zabel picked up a copy Of the Chico Enterprise-Record and saw the story on the historical town listed for sale. Later that day, the father and daughter drove to Pulga and peeked around the property. Once they got home, they called Vindhurst and made an offer -- the full asking price of $499,000. Paloma, in Brentwood at the time, accepted the offer over the phone last Wednesday. On Monday, Paloma signed the paperwork, sending the property in'to escrow. At this point, it is not known what the Zabels have planned for the historical property. Paloma and Leidecker just hope the new owners will enjoy the land as much as they did. i i