US town up for sale at about USD 400,000!

In an enticing offer, an entire US town complete with a bar, workshop, three trailers, single house and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate, is up for sale for about USD 400,000.

PTI| Updated: Jul 01, 2014, 16:25 PM IST

Chicago: In an enticing offer, an entire US town complete with a bar, workshop, three trailers, single house and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate, is up for sale for about USD 400,000.

Lance Benson, the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County, South Dakota, about two hours southeast of Rapid City, is putting the whole town up for grabs.

Benson, the owner of a travelling concession business, said that while he would love to keep the town, he wanted to focus on his core business.

The town comes with a bar, workshop, three trailers, single house, and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate, the
Rapid City Journal reported.

The town is up for sale for a price of USD 399,000, the paper said.

"Like I say, I hate to get rid of it," said Benson, who listed his town for sale with an estate agent last week.
"If I don`t sell it, if I don`t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it," Benson was quoted as saying.
Like many rural towns in America, Swett has shrunk dramatically over the past century as its inhabitants migrated to urban centers.

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 US Highway 18.

Ownership of property in the town concentrated during that decline, eventually falling to a single person. The town changed hands a few times before Benson bought it in 1998. He signed it over to his ex-wife in a divorce, but reclaimed the town around 2012.

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

But although the town`s fortunes have waned, its tavern has remained its beating heart.

As the only watering hole in a 2-mile radius, the Swett Tavern is still the defacto gathering place for a small army of local cowboys and wheatgrowers.