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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Montana town is offering free housing, but there’s a big catch to this deal.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for four historians who are willing to live in Garnet, Montana, a ghost town that is also a preserved mine town located on state land. The catch of this rent-free deal is that there is no electricity, water, indoor plumbing or eateries. Oh, and it’s also said to be haunted!

“It’s primitive, to say the least,” U.S. Bureau of Land Management Ranger Nacoma Gainan told reporters. “It’s for people who love the outdoors and want to give back. There’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no running water. But there are trails to explore, artifacts to inspect. Volunteers are really left to their own devices after the visitors are gone.”

While the Bureau is only looking for four people, they have surprisingly received over 400 inquiries.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response,” saidMaria Craig, outdoor recreation planner for the Missoula Field Office of the BLA. “We’ve had 400 volunteers when we only need about four. We’re swamped. This is a time sensitive matter so we are now focusing on the upkeep.”

This volunteer residency program happens every September and lasts the entire month. Each of the cabins come furnished, but that’s about all the help the residents will get.

Do you think this sounds like a good deal, or a very bad idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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