While a Filippino church recently paid some $800K for the town of Scenic, S.D., chances of purchasing your own slice of Americana still stand. That's right, the minuscule village of Pray, Mont., a five-acre expanse located some 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park, is on the market for $1.4M. Pray's owner and unofficial mayor, Barbara Walker, bought town in 1953 but doesn't want to continue running the place without her husband, who died in 2006. So she's trying to unload a four-unit trailer park, the bones of what used to be a general store, a post office (ZIP 59065), and, it seems from the photo above, a pretty decent-looking house. With a most recent census figure at 197 people, Pray's new owners will not only act as landlord—Walker gets $200 a month from each trailer park tenant—but they'll have to be willing to wear more than one hat: "I'm the sheriff and the garbage control and the animal control officer," she told The Daily. Walker's own version of livin' on a prayer, perhaps?
· Go to Town [The Daily via @NYTimesHome]
· Buy Entire Town of Scenic, S.D., For Less Than $1M [Curbed National]