For $400K This Entire South Dakota Town Could Be Yours

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An unincorporated town in Bennett County, South Dakota, is on sale for $400,000.

Lance Benson owns the 6.16-acre hamlet of Swett, which includes a tavern, workshop, three trailers and a house.

On the edge of the Nebraskan border, Swett is two hours southeast of Rapid City. In the 1940s, it had a population of 40, but now Benson and his wife are the only two residents.

"And Daisy, that makes three," joked family friend Wayne Witt, referring to the couple's Rottweiler mix.

Benson wants to sell so he can focus on his traveling concession business.

"Like I say, I hate to get rid of it," Benson told the Rapid City Journal. "If I don't sell it, if I don't sell it this first year, I would probably keep it."

The functioning Swett Tavern, popular among local wheatgrowers and cowboys, is the only bar within a 10-mile radius, according to real estate agent Stacie Montgomery.

"This place is pretty much where the highway ends and the Wild West begins," said local Gerry Runnels. The 47-year-old recalled something an Oklahoman visitor told him when he stopped by the watering hole for a drink: "He said you need a Bowie knife to get in this place and a chainsaw to get out.”

Sources: New York Daily News, Rapid City Journal