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Buy your own town for only $400,000

You Could Own A Town For $400,000

Have you ever wanted your very own town?

The Rapid City Journal reports that the tiny unincorporated hamlet of Swett, South Dakota is available for anyone willing to shell out $400,000. The town, which currently boasts a population of two (three if you include the dog) comes with just a bit more than 6 acres of prairie, a house, three trailers, and its very own bar.

Swett's current owner, Lance Benson, has owned the small town since 1998 and is looking to sell so that he can focus on his traveling concession business.

Back in the 1940s, Swett was a booming town with 40 residents. It even had its own post office. Ownership of the property eventually concentrated to just one person. The one thing that has remained constant is Swett Tavern, a place that had -- at times -- a reputation for attracting rough cowboys. One patron said, "This looks like a good place to be killed."

Benson says that he hates to get rid of his town.

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dhsdome July 01 2014 at 7:34 AM

Maybe the town needs a community organizer? Great place for Obama to retire to. He should start house hunting now.

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jewel July 01 2014 at 7:29 AM

obama will TAX YOU HIGH--

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coopdabomb July 01 2014 at 11:23 AM

It's worth money if you could secede from the union.

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ronhalpern coopdabomb July 01 2014 at 3:32 PM

Don't let any of us stop you. And don't let the door hit you big ass on the way out.

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Lonnie coopdabomb July 02 2014 at 2:34 AM

Go for it, dipstick. Just remember that the protection that you receive from the "gubment" you hate so much is what allows you to sleep at night. And, no, your 10 guns are not enough to protect you from the the real evil in the world that would take you out within 10 minutes you uneducated waste of space.

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bjredmond64 July 01 2014 at 10:15 AM

i think, if i had money to boot, it would be fun seeing what i could make of it. come up with some quirky places (businesses) that would draw interesting folks.

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buknekkid bjredmond64 July 01 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yeah, you could build another tourist trap just like Wall, SD.

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merrymarian July 01 2014 at 9:08 AM

i hope who ever buys it preserves the land and animals and perhaps an historic bar as a museum with info about that area

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endmillll July 01 2014 at 9:41 AM

I always wanted to own my own town.

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bjredmond64 endmillll July 01 2014 at 10:16 AM

endmill, sounds fun and challenging, doesnt it?

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lsheaffer July 01 2014 at 9:32 AM

It would be cool if the town came with its own zip code, so that you would have your own personal zip code that is not shared with anyone else. But according to Google Maps and the USPS web site, the zip, 57551, is shared with another town, Martin, that is 11 miles away, and the mailing address is Martin, not Swett. Shucks, I was all set to buy.

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caragonatagi lsheaffer July 01 2014 at 11:26 AM

If the town grew enough to have its own Post Office again (as it did when it had 40 residents per the story) then it would have its own zip code - so you just gotta find 39 friends who want to move there with you!

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Mike July 01 2014 at 8:07 AM

I wouldn't pay that much much for all of both Dakotas.

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chuck July 01 2014 at 11:26 AM

im retired USCG. dont get much retirement money. Will you take small payments?

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pboucard50 July 01 2014 at 8:18 AM

6 acres for 400,000 in South Dakota? Too cheap ! I am offering 3 million for it.

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sulandherb pboucard50 July 01 2014 at 8:52 AM

I have some swamp land for you :)

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