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All the flat land on the outskirts of the Badlands was claimed by the time Mary Hynes and her eleven children arrived.She was told that the only land not homesteaded was an inaccessible spot atop Sheep Mountain, so Mary and her boys clawed their way up the mountain, and were delighted with the view and the rich, flat grasslands.The front is lined with rows of skulls from longhorn cattle.Brands from area ranches are painted on the ceiling. Oil barrels with metal tractor seats serve as sturdy bar stools.But they do own the land where the rented post office is located.And they own the Catholic Church, built in 1913 and now abandoned.
Saw dust is thick on the floor and patrons rest on oil barrels affixed with metal tractor seats.Scenic’s very first businessman, according to Hall, was bad-luck rancher Ab Jefferson.When a May blizzard pushed all of Ab’s cattle over the edge of Sheep Mountain, he decided to open a saloon.Ab drank too much of his own merchandise, and sold some of the rest to his Indian neighbors.
Selling alcohol to Indians was then a federal crime, so Jefferson ended up in jail.Several years back, our publisher Bernie Hunhoff wrote this story about Scenic and its residents.