Lance Benson is selling his small, southwestern town in South Dakota for $400,000.
Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, South Dakota, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson, who bought the town in 1998, gave it to his ex-wife in their divorce and reclaimed it in 2012, put the town on the market last week, according he told the Rapid City Journal.
The bar, workshop, three trailers, house, and more than 6 acres of prairie real estate are included in the town sale.
“Like I say, I hate to get rid of it,” said Benson, who listed his town for sale with Rapid City real estate agent Stacie Montgomery last week. “If I don’t sell it, if I don’t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it.”
The bar, known as the Swett Tavern holds value because it’s the only watering hole within a 10-mile radius and a hub for cowboys and wheat growers.
“This place is pretty much where the highway ends and the Wild West begins,” local patron Gerry Runnels told Rapid City Journal.
About 40 people lived in Swett in the 1940s with a post office and a grocery store. But now only two people inhabit it; Benson and his wife, the Journal reports.
“And Daisy, that makes three,” joked Wayne Witt, a friend of Benson’s, referring to the couple’s rottweiler mix.
Swett is part of Bennet County in southern South Dakota, which has a total population of 3,431 people.
If you’re interested, contact broker Stacie Montgomery at 605-343-2700.
South Dakota Town for Sale
Own a South Dakota town! Set in the beautiful prairie on Highway 18 is the town of Swett! In 1932, a post office was put in the local grocery store, owned by a local farmer named Swett . In 1945, the government decided the town was too small and closed the post office. Swett is still shown on the maps Swett is currently known as a popular place for pheasant hunting .Included in this purchase: 6.16 acres, a bar, large 40 x80 garage that has been used as a tire shop, house, and 3 trailer houses, on and off sale liquor license. The Swett Tavern has had many updates, including a new horseshoe shaped bar, coolers, grill, insulation, camera system. Very clean, open, and updated, the bar also has an extra party room, plus a stage area. The home is a 3 bedroom, one bath, with plenty of space, and an additional garage. Plenty of inventory and personal property stays with the purchase, including a 1990 Volvo semi that is currently used to haul trailers.