Last updated on 2013.05.19
How can your inner megalomaniac not thrill to the news that you could buy an entire town for $799,000? 46 acres, including most of the buildings in beautiful Scenic, South Dakota, are for sale. The asking price is down from an original $3 million-holy cow! These people are ready to deal!
Scenic has just about everything you could ask for in a Wild West town: saloon, dance hall, c-store (cowboys need their Skoal and Dr. Pepper), couple houses, couple jails, even a post office. They just need people:
[Kathy] Jobgen, who has been the postmaster in Scenic for about 24 years, said she isn't worried about the post office being closed once the property is sold. She said her real concern is the time until a buyer is in the picture.
"I know when a buyer comes the post office will be OK, because they'll want us here, because it's good for the community," she said. "But it's tough, because we need residents to save it, and right now, we're sort of in a state of limbo" [Hannah Baker, "For $799,000, You Can Buy Town of Scenic," Rapid City Journal, 2011.07.25].
Oops-hold that thought (and hang onto that checkbook, Mrs. MC): according to Nathan Johnson of the Yankton Press & Dakotan, the U.S. Postal Service just issued a list of 80 South Dakota post offices it may close. Included on the list: Scenic.
Dang: the sale price for Scenic may have just dropped another $30,000.
Also worth noting on the closure list: my westerly neighbors in Canova, Carthage, and Winfred all stand to lose their post offices. That would send almost everyone in Miner County in to Howard for their mail. The Oldham-Ramona school district could end up ZIP-less, as both the Oldham and Ramona post offices make the list, as do Nunda and Sinai. State Rep. Stace Nelson also may lose his post office in Fulton.
Here's the full slate of post offices USPS may close or, where retail options are available, replace with limited-service "Village Post Offices."