Mayor of California’s smallest ghost town isn’t happy

Posted on December 4, 2018 10:02 am

BALLARAT — “We’re a long way from being civilized. We ain’t no different than man was 5,000 years ago except we have technology that he didn’t.”

Meet Rock Novak, the son of a prospector and the sole resident of a crumbling ghost town in Death Valley.

The Atlantic featured a fantastic short film (~5:45 minutes) about Novak titled “The Mayor of Ballarat.” “When I’m gone, I don’t know what they’re going to do with this place,” he says. “Probably nothing.”

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