This sheriff in town doesn’t laugh at a TikTok visit from a billion dollar “ghost town” and the intrigue it arouses.
Stone County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri has warned the public to avoid Indian Ridge Resort amid intrusion reports. Branson’s unfinished resort community recently went viral on the video-sharing platform for its haunted story, apparently inspiring locals to check it out for themselves.
While the wasteland of McMansions is an old tradition in Show-Me State, lawyer Carrie Jernigan recently repeated the story in a TikTok tour posted last month.
Jernigan explained that a real estate fraud scheme was made in 2006, when developers lied to get loans for an ambitious project called Indian Ridge Resort Community. The 900-acre project with a price tag of $ 1.6 billion promised residential townhouses and condos, a massive hotel with America’s second-largest indoor water park, golf course, a marina and a museum of Native American history.
However, construction on Table Rock Lake collapsed in 2008 when the government discovered the suspicious activity. The creepy site has remained abandoned ever since.
Although Jernigan’s story has since been viewed over 15 million times online, the Stone County Sheriff has not mince words in urging the public to stay away.
“A recent Tik-Tok video went viral about the bankrupt Indian Ridge development. It made this location off Highway 76 a tourist attraction,” Sheriff Doug Rader wrote in a report. Facebook memo Monday. “THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY AND YOU CAN BE CITED FOR INTRACTION!”
“Our assistants are very busy handling service calls and really don’t want to write trespassing tickets. Please do not enter the property. Please do not enter the property,” Rader asked. “It has been a constant stream of people walking the development all weekend long. Please go visit our many other tourist attractions in Stone County including Table Rock Lake!”
Commentators, of course, had a lot to say about the hype of the night and the turmoil that resulted from it.
“Funny. It’s been like that (abandoned) for how many years. Then social media is making a difference,” wrote one Facebook user. “The owners have to do something. It’s an eyesore !!!”
“Keep spreading it and they will keep coming,” said another.
“People are already going to watch it,” retorted one. “The city should just grab it and charge an entrance fee for those who want to visit the site!”
According to Fox 2, a new owner indeed has plans to develop the hundreds of vacant acres.