Frawley Ranch being sold after 140 years in the family

Published: Jul. 29, 2017 at 10:00 PM CDT
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The Frawley family has owned a ranch for 140 years but with the passing of Henry "Hank" Frawley, his family has decided to sell the land.

This ranch at one point was the largest and most successful cattle ranches in Western South Dakota, eventually becoming a National Historic landmark in 1977.

Saturday July 29, 2016, there was an auction at the Frawley Ranch to sell some of the items they had stored away throughout the years.

Frawley's wife, Molly, is selling the 110 acre plot in order to be closer to her son and his family in North Carolina.

Henry “Hank” Frawley’s wife, Molly Frawley, says "I'm excited about the change and I find that if I stay here I'm not as emotional as I am when I'm out in public when they catch me; we’re going to miss you and I think oh I'm going to miss you too."

But Frawley's wife said if her husband was still around, today would be a tough one.

"He was a great believer in the beauty of this valley and saving it at all expense. This would be a very sad day for him, to see it go,” states Molly.

Molly's last day in her longtime home will be Wednesday but she plans to come back and visit the black hills at least once year.

"We hope whatever we work out with the sale of the house it will be, that we'll be able to come back at least annually and visit for a week," explains Molly.

Molly and Henry were married for 40 years.