Earlier this year we wrote about the unusual opportunity to purchase an entire Montana town. Pray, located about 30 miles from Yellowstone, was listed for $1.4 million.** That price scored you five acres, three buildings and the right to be the town's next mayor.reports Chris Kortlander is putting Garryowen, a 7.7-acre plot of land on the perimeter of the Little Bighorn Battlefield where General Custer made his "last stand," up for auction. Garryowen's population is two.
In a separate sale, Kortlander is also offering a manuscript collection representing the papers of Custer's wife, Elizabeth Bacon Custer. It's unclear what exactly is included in the pile of papers, but Reuters quoted experts saying it could prove valuable.
The 7.7+/- acre site is located within the perimeter of the legendary Battle of the Little Bighorn battlefield where Custer's 7th U.S. Cavalry met defeat by the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people. The town has a population of two, making it one of the smallest towns in the United States.
Included in the auction is the "Town Hall," a 15,400+/- sf three-level building containing an income-producing convenience store, sandwich shop, retail space, U.S. Post Office and penthouse residence. The second building is a two-level 2,900+/- sf structure containing office space and guest suites. The property also features picnic grounds with mature trees.
The manuscripts are described as a "rare, first-person account of history has never been scanned, copied or catalogued and lies in wait to be truly discovered."
The auctions begin at 3 p.m. local time on Aug. 15.
(**One note on Pray: After originally being listed for $1.4 million, it also went up for auction June 27 through United Country - Shobe Auction and Reality. The auction house says there was no successful bid and, as far as they know, it remains on the market.)