So You Wanna Own Your Own Town? Pray, Montana Is for Sale for $1.4 Million [POLL]

In Life by Kim Muraro , on Monday, March 05, 2012, 4:31 AM (PST)
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The Five-Acre Village Has a Trailer and a Post Office, But Needs Some Serious TLC -- and Cash -- to Thrive

You can not only own a whole town, but if you have a spare $1.4 million in your piggy bank, you can also be the mayor, sheriff, garbage collector and sole landlord and retail shop owner in Pray, a five-acre Montana village currently for sale.

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Pray's current owner, Barbara Walker, is looking to unload the town to someone who will not only keep it going, but also infuse some new life into the land that's located about 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

Currently, Pray has a small post office and a four-unit trailer park (which nets about $800 per month in rent) and the remains of what was once the town's general store (it's no longer open).

The most recent census figure puts Pray's population at a mere 197, but Walker says she hopes someone might come in and re-open the general store, or open a bed-and-breakfast that might revitalize the area.

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Walker, whose family has owned the town since 1953, tells The Daily she has acted as Pray's garbage collector and sheriff, but since her husband's death in 2006, she hasn't wanted to run the town alone any longer.

More selling points for becoming the owner of zip code 59065: you'll also get rent from the post office, and Jeff Bridges, Dennis Quaid and Peter Fonda all own homes nearby.

"It's a town," Walker says. "There's status in being able to own a town."

Take Our Poll

Would you want to own and operate your own town?

  1. Sure! I'd love to be a mayor.
  2. No. Owning a railroad in Monopoly is as much responsibility as I'm comfortable with.


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