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Buy Your Own Ghost Town: Swett, South Dakota, On Sale For $250,000

Price includes a home, tavern, 6 acres -- and possibly some ghosts.

There's an entire town for sale in South Dakota, and it could be yours for less than the price of a single house in many parts of the country. 

The catch? It's not just any old town -- it's a ghost town. Population: You. 

Swett, South Dakota, is on sale for $250,000 and includes more than 6 acres of land, a tavern, a store, a four-bedroom home... and possibly an actual ghost or two. Realtor Stacie Montgomery wrote on Facebook that the home is reputed to be haunted.

She also posted some images of the town: 

The town, some 100 miles southeast of Rapid City, was started by a farmer named Swett and a post office was established in the grocery store in 1932, she wrote. 

At its peak, the town had a population of about 40, according to NBC News. 

By 1945, however, Swett was too small to support a post office and it closed. 

The town was initially put on sale last year for $399,000, but after several offers fell through, the bank that owns it made some improvements and cut the price. 

Montgomery told the Rapid City Journal she's received numerous inquiries about the property from around the world. 

"Some of the types of individuals who have been interested in the past included people who wanted to be their own mayor, people who wanted to live off-grid, several production companies thinking about reality shows, hunters who wanted to create a hunting lodge, or somebody who wants to own a bar," she told the paper. 

That last dream might be easiest to fulfill. Montgomery wrote on Facebook the town was known for its bar:

While the tavern is closed now, it's still there and was renovated prior to shutting down -- and once had something of a tough reputation. Gerry Runnels, who was a regular at the Swett Tavern when it was open, told the Rapid City Journal in 2014 about an Oklahoman who came to visit. 

Even the road signs bore the scars of conflict. They had to be replaced recently because "the old ones had bullet holes in them," Montgomery told the Journal.

 

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