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Swett is in the Badlands and Black Hills region of South Dakota, 110 miles from Rapid City.


An unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City, Swett consists of a bar, workshop, three trailers and a single house on 6.16 acres of land. Its population has dropped from 40 people in the 1940s to two people and a dog today.

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By car: Swett is on US Highway 18 near Martin, South Dakota.

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  • Hunting for game such as ring-neck pheasant, giant Canada goose, deer, elk, buffalo, prairie dogs and turkeys.


Buy the whole town. $400,000 would allow the couple and their dog to relocate out-of-state.


A grocery store had been in operation in the village, but is now closed.


  • 1 Swett Tavern, 20704 US Highway 18, +1 605 685-6499. A gathering place for local cowboys and wheatgrowers. This tavern and the Boondocks Bar & Grill in Martin are the only bars in a ten-mile area.


There is nothing in Swett itself. The county seat, Martin (pop. 1100), has one motel - the Crossroads Inn [dead link] and annex (+1 605 685-1070).


There once was a post office in the local grocery store, but both have now closed.

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Routes through Swett
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