Religion: Buying a Garden of Eden

I was riding down the freeway when I heard on the radio that this little place I'd never heard of was for sale, and the Lord made it known to me that this is where we should go and do his work. The "little place" that the Rev.

Alvin Stevens heard about was the entire town of Bridgeville, Calif., all 80 acres and 25 buildings of it.

Stevens sped 330 miles north of San Francisco for a look and immediately fell in love with the region, its mist-shrouded forests and trout-filled streams. This would be an ideal spot to raise families, Stevens decided,...

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