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You Can Buy An Entire Town In South Dakota For The Bargain Price Of $400K
Consumerist ^ | 30 June 2014 | Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 07/03/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT by Lorianne

Check your pockets and dig into the couch cushions — if you can rustle up some spare change to the tune of $400,000, you could be the owner of your very own town in South Dakota. The man who owns Swett, S.D. — and its bar, single house, workshop, three trailers and 6.16 acres of land — is looking to sell.

Sure, $400,000 is a lot of money for anybody. But instead of just owning a single house, you could crown yourself Grand High Empress/Emperor of this unincorporated hamlet about two hours from Rapid City, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The sole owner of Swett — and one of its two inhabitants, along with his wife — is selling everything in order to focus on his traveling concession business.

“Like I say, I hate to get rid of it,” he said Benson, after listing the town last week. “If I don’t sell it, if I don’t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it.”

Swett used to have as many as 40 people but has now shrunk down to only two residents and handful of buildings. At least the bar sounds like it’s there to stay, as a meeting place for the locals.

“This place is pretty much where the highway ends and the Wild West begins,” joked one patron of the bar’s previous rough reputation, though now it’s not out of place for families to come there for a meal.

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1 posted on 07/03/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: zot

Your chance to buy a town and retire in middle America


2 posted on 07/03/2014 6:23:24 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Lorianne

Does the place come with oil?


3 posted on 07/03/2014 6:26:36 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Lorianne

Maybe a freeper could buy it and set up a ‘freeper retirement community’....


4 posted on 07/03/2014 6:29:21 PM PDT by hecticskeptic (In life it is important to know what you believeĀ….and more importantly, why you believe it.)
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To: Lorianne

400k for a town? As long as there is water and electric...sounds good


5 posted on 07/03/2014 6:30:09 PM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Haley Barbour gave me $15 to vote)
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To: Lorianne
Don't need it.

I already own a republic. I've named my two acres out in the desert The Wren Republic.

The wife and I have seceded.

Life is sweet in The Wren Republic!

6 posted on 07/03/2014 6:31:20 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: hecticskeptic

A Galt’s Gulch of a sort?


7 posted on 07/03/2014 6:31:30 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Lorianne
I'd buy it, and do the following:

- Rename the town "Reaganville."
- Enact a land-value tax
- Opt out of Common-core and all state and federal education regulations
- Mandatory gun ownership

8 posted on 07/03/2014 6:37:54 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Lorianne

unincorporated towns can legally be anexed by incorporated cities and such.


9 posted on 07/03/2014 6:38:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lorianne

Freeperville.


10 posted on 07/03/2014 6:40:21 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: advertising guy

PING!

Now HERE is a good idea ;-)


11 posted on 07/03/2014 6:42:25 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: Secret Agent Man

Do a map search on this one.


12 posted on 07/03/2014 6:43:33 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: MagUSNRET

Buy and Secede!!


13 posted on 07/03/2014 6:46:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Lorianne

Can the buyer rename it?


14 posted on 07/03/2014 6:47:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. I don’t have $400K — although it would be worth considering if the mineral rights come with it.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 6:49:01 PM PDT by zot
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To: MagUSNRET

A damn good idea. Maybe a solution


16 posted on 07/03/2014 6:53:34 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
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To: zot

I’d go for it! How many of us? A few k and we are like this website- free!


17 posted on 07/03/2014 6:53:48 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I’d be happy to contribute.

I’d be ready to leave where I am by Jan of next year.

A Freeper’s paradise or Galt’s Gulch


18 posted on 07/03/2014 6:59:42 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: Lorianne

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy some land and create your own town?


19 posted on 07/03/2014 7:03:40 PM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: Lorianne
I like it

I really like it

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20 posted on 07/03/2014 7:12:24 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Lorianne

The same $400,000 will buy you half of Detroit.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 7:15:30 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Yeah, but in Swett you have a chance of living to see the sun rise tomorrow.


22 posted on 07/03/2014 7:26:16 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: knarf

Nice looking place.
Love the sunflowers.
It has a bar/restaurant too.

I bet it’s cold in winter though.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 7:27:20 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne
I bet it’s cold in winter though.

I bet you're absolutely right.

24 posted on 07/03/2014 7:35:35 PM PDT by xone
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To: windcliff

“Freeperville.”

But probably with no High speed internet.


25 posted on 07/03/2014 8:05:52 PM PDT by Revel
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To: lowbridge

Can I raise the local taxes on my subjects?


26 posted on 07/03/2014 9:00:13 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Flycatcher
I've named my two acres out in the desert The Wren Republic.

So are you WReepers?

27 posted on 07/03/2014 9:02:09 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lorianne

Well, with a mortgage......


28 posted on 07/03/2014 9:13:08 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Lorianne

Or a cheaper option would be to get your country home granted a township.


29 posted on 07/03/2014 9:28:09 PM PDT by bgill
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To: 353FMG
Can I raise the local taxes on my subjects?

First, you need subjects. Build a trailer park, and advertise, mostly to retirees with a little money to kick around. When younger folks come along, they'll need jobs so you create a little infrastructure and hopefully your tax base will grow. You own the land, have them build the structures. I don't know if they'll long tolerate you being king unless you're very kind to your subjects or you have good security.

30 posted on 07/03/2014 9:51:27 PM PDT by roadcat
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