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created by EatsTooMuchJam on 10/25/2004 2:34 AM
last modified by Radio2600 on 2/29/2012 1:59 AM
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Scenic is a semi-ghost town located near the Badlands in South Dakota. When we drove through it on a road trip to hunt for ghost towns the only people in town were a few drunk men hanging out at the saloon. They insisted on giving us a tour and asked for money afterward.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors (Ghost town remains)
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information

Scenic, South Dakota
United States
Owner: Iglesia ni Cristo
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  •  Hazards
  • Drunken residents
  •  Interesting Features
    Saloon with lots of cow skulls lining the sign, jail building, small jail cells aside from jail building facing the main street, closed stores, vacant homes
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2011
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    I'm still working on finding out about the history of the town. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information available online so far.
     Media Coverage
    Rapid City Journal (town for sale)

    Forbes Magazine (town for sale)

    USA Today (town sold)

     Future Plans
    Like many rural South Dakota towns, this town seems to have been decimated by the reduction in popularity of the railroad. It is unlikely that it will ever recover and become a thriving town again. It's far more likely that what few residents remain will eventually give up and move away or that they'll eventually die of old age.

    The town was sold in its entirety to a church based in the Philippine Islands. No future plans have been disclosed regarding their plans for the community. See the USA Today article linked in "Media Coverage" for more information.

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    Wed, Feb 29th, 2012
    posted by Radio2600
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    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 6 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 8/27/2014 9:04 PM.

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  • on Aug 27 14 at 21:04, Mike Dijital validated this location
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  • on Aug 4 14 at 20:40, Mike Dijital conditionally validated this location
  • on Aug 4 14 at 20:28, Mike Dijital made this location public
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  • on Feb 29 12 at 12:14, Opheliaism validated this location
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