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Oregon one-man town on the market for $1.5M

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For the second time this year, an entire town in Oregon is up for sale, this one with a legacy of low populations.

Land and Wildlife Realty, the same brokerage firm that found a buyer for the tiny town of Tiller earlier this year, is hoping it can do the same with Millican, which the firm has on the market for nearly $1.5 million.

One house, a corral, an abandoned general store and a gas pump are included in the purchase of Millican, and the listing agent said the buyer would also have the opportunity to change the town’s name and appoint themselves mayor.

Millican is situated in the high desert, between Bend and Brothers. Highway 20 runs right through the 75-acre property, and although it's small, what could sweeten the deal for buyers is the town's quirky history.

The town was named after a cattle rancher who settled there in the late 1880s. Years later, a man named Billy Rahn purchased it from him.

Rahn, who was the town's sole resident at the time, managed the post office. When he retired in 1946, he sold the town site to Bill Mellin, who lived there for 42 years.

Mellin stayed in Millican until he was shot and killed by his only employee, a parolee from Oregon State Penitentiary, sending the town's population to its all-time low - zero residents.

Still, Millican's current owner Leonard Peverieri couldn't help buying the town nearly a decade ago.

“I kept driving by and seeing it deteriorate more and more,” he said. “I was driving by one day and I saw a for sale sign up and I called the realtor and I asked him if the owner would be interested in trading a couple collector cars for a down payment."

 Peverieri traded a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and a 1965 Ford Mustang as a down payment, eventually paying the property off over the years.

Now he's ready to sell, though, and is hoping for a buyer who can “give the town life again.”

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