Gone Viral: Swett, South Dakota for Sale at $400,000

A tiny prairie town, unincorporated and controlled by a single owner, can be yours if you have the funds available. The town is a local draw thanks to its bar, the Swett Tavern.

"Lance Benson, the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City, is putting the whole town up for grabs: including its bar, workshop, three trailers, single house, and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate," reports Daniel Simmons-Ritchie.

"Once a town of about 40 people in the 1940s — with a post office, a few houses, and a grocery store — the town now stands as little more than a few ramshackle buildings along U.S. Highway 18."

"Today, with Benson and his new wife living in a house beside the Swett Tavern, the town's population officially stands at two."

Javier Panzar updates the story for the Los Angeles Times, finding that what started out as a quant story about a quaint town has attracted nationwide interest: "Potential buyers from Southern California, New York, New Jersey, Houston and Russia have been calling nonstop since Sunday morning, she said Monday."

Full Story: Got a spare $400,000? Buy your own town: Swett, South Dakota


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