If you have ever dreamed of owning an entire town, it may be more achievable than you think. For as little as $250,000, you can buy an abandoned town and shape the next chapter of its already interesting story. You would be hard-pressed to find a more alternative investment than a ghost town, and these four, as reported by Bob Vila, may just fit the bill.
- There are entire towns that can be brought in the United States for the cost of an average house.
- Hell, MI, was reportedly sold for $950,000 in 2019.
- Pray, MT, is on the market for $1.4 million.
- History buffs might be tempted by Garryowen, MT, which is the site of the Sioux War's Battle of Little Bighorn and is for sale for just $250,000.
- Swett, SD, was put up for sale as a ghost town in June 2014 for just $250,000.
Unfortunately named, this town is actually "a veritable paradise that hosts 66 miles of hiking trails, fishing-friendly Hiland Lake, and an annual 'Blessing of the Bikes' event," according to Bob Vila. The town is about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor and is believed to have a population of about 70 people. The price tag of Hell was $900,000; however, rumor has it that Musician and YouTube personality Elijah Daniel bought the Mich. town of Hell for $950,000 in 2019 and renamed it "Gay Hell." It is not clear if this was just a publicity stunt or if it was a legal transaction. There is still an "official" website for Hell, Michigan.
This five-acre, tiny town, situated north of Yellowstone National Park, was put up for sale by Barbara Walker in 2012 for $1.4 million, and it looks like it never sold. The town has a mobile home park, a general store, and an office building. Walker owns all five acres of Pray, Montana, and collects rent from the ten other people who live there. The town, founded in 1909, was named after a Montana congressman, and was a popular stop on the road that leads to Yellowstone National Park before a new highway was constructed.
History buffs might drool over this one. Garryowen in Montana is the site of the Sioux War's Battle of Little Bighorn. The town was first put on the market for $250,000 in 2012, but an auction in August of that year was canceled after no one registered to bid. Garryowen was founded in 1895 with the construction of a train station. In 1926, a ceremony called "Bury the Hatchet" took place in the town. It involved a peace settlement and was performed and represented by two individuals (from both sides) who survived the Battle of Little Bighorn. A monument was erected for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and this is the only monument of its type to exist outside Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. The town later built a Conoco gas station and a Subway shop.
Swett, South Dakota
Swett is an unincorporated former town of Bennett County, South Dakota. It was put up for sale as a ghost town in June 2014 for just $250,000, and, as of December 2020, had not found a buyer. Described as a six-acre unincorporated hamlet, Swett consists of an average-size house, a tavern, and a bar that was at one time frequented by pheasant hunters. Locals believe that the tavern is haunted.