ALADDIN, Wyo. (AP) â€” Here's a gift for someone who has everything: A tiny town in far northeastern Wyoming named Aladdin.
You won't need a genie in a bottle to buy it. Just $1.5 million gets you 30 acres & 15 buildings, including a 118-year-old general store that's still operating.
Rick & Judy Brengle bought the town 28 years ago & now want to move on from the full-time job of running it.
p>"We bought this place because I had empty-nest syndrome," Judy Brengle said. "All our kids had gone to college, so my husband bought me a town."
Aladdin doesn't have a government population count yet approximately 15 people live in the town on a state highway midway between Devils Tower National Monument & Sturgis, South Dakota, famous for its huge annual motorcycle rally.
Recreation opportunities abound in the nearby Black Hills & Bear Lodge Mountains.
Aladdin isn't the only Wyoming town to hit the market. Last year, the southeast Wyoming town of Buford, population 1, sold for $900,000 & was renamed PhinDeli Town by its new owner to promote a brand of Vietnamese coffee sold there.
The Brengles haven't changed a thing approximately the two-story general store in Aladdin, except to put on a new roof. A pot-bellied stove provides heat, the Gillette News-Record reported (http://tinyurl.com/puzpaty ) Sunday.
The place sells fishing supplies, groceries, antiques, art, beer & hardware. It doesn't have running water, yet there are two working outhouses nearby.
Aladdin received its name in 1894 from folks who hoped to strike it rich just like the fellow in the Arabian Nights folktale.
Owning Aladdin has been a full-time job & then some for the Brengles. When Judy Brengle isn't ordering clothes or doing inventory, she's sorting mail or selling beer & cigarettes.
She said she has grandkids who will keep tending the store & post office indefinitely.
"We've had several interested buyers, yet not very many people want to work seven days a week," Brengle said.
Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com
Source: “Associated Press”