South Dakota Town Goes On Sale For $400K

A small South Dakota town can be all yours for $400,000 (234,000).

Lance Benson – the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet about two hours south east of Rapid City – has put the 6.16-acre town on the market.

An online posting says the “beautiful prairie” town comes complete with “a bar, large 40×80 garage that has been used as a tyre shop, house, and 3 trailer houses”.

Mr Benson, who runs a travelling concession business, told the Rapid City Journal he would love to keep the town but he needs to focus on his business.

He told the newspaper: “Like I say, I hate to get rid of it. If I don’t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it.”

Benson bought the town – population two – in 1998.

Swett, which had as many as 40 residents during the 1940s, was named after a local farmer who owned a grocery store that briefly housed a post office.

But the government decided the rural town was too small to have its own post office and it was closed in 1945, according to the Zillow ad.

Currently, Mr Benson, his wife and the couple’s dog are the town’s only permanent residents.

Swett Tavern, however, remains a popular destination for people in the surrounding area, as it is the only watering hole in a 10-mile (16-km) radius, according to the Journal.

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