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Got $799,000? You could buy a town in South Dakota

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Entire town for sale
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Scenic is about 50 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota
  • The 46-acre sale includes a saloon, dance hall, train depot and jail
  • Just a handful of people live in the town now
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(CNN) -- Scenic, South Dakota, might not have much -- a dance hall, a jail and a handful of out-buildings. But it's a town. And most of it could be yours for $799,000.

"They've decided to sell and move on," said Dave Olsen, a realtor with Coldwell Banker, who is hoping to sell the property.

It's 46 acres in total -- 12 acres in town and 34 acres around it -- located about 50 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The sale includes the "kit and kaboodle," said Olsen -- a saloon, dance hall, museum, bunkhouse, two stores, a train depot, jails (one abandoned) and a handful of out-buildings.

The property is posted on buyscenicsd.com, which offers video tours of various locations. Cow skulls adorn the sign for the Longhorn Saloon, which advertises tobacco, lunch and dancing -- in that order.

Since its heyday, Scenic has seen its population dwindle to less than 10 people. Nearly everyone in town is related to Twila Merril, Olsen said.

Since Merill was diagnosed with cancer, the upkeep on Scenic has become too much for the family, he said.

"It's really an interesting place and there's so much history," Olsen said about the town. "All it needs is a little population -- and ingenuity."

 
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