Closing near for auction of Monument Rocks in Kans.

Monument Rocks in western Kansas. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

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ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) – A real estate auction to determine the new owner of a western Kansas ranch that contains the historically significant Monument Rocks chalk formations is ending.

The owners of the ranch announced in July that the land, along with 12,000 acres of mineral rights, was for sale.

Real estate broker Mark Faulkner of Ulysses, whose is overseeing the telephone auction, said Tuesday was the last day to submit bids. He said the high bidder is likely to be determined Thursday or Friday.

The Hays Daily News reports that as of Monday, Faulkner had received only one bid for $4 million, or $310 an acre.

The 13,000-acre Pyramid Ranch also includes fossil finds and two graves of U.S. Calvary soldiers. It was considered a territorial marker and spiritual site for Native Americans.

Monument Rocks, also known as the Chalk Pyramids, are located 4 miles east of U.S. 83, 25 miles south of Oakley, Kans. The rock outcroppings have attracted numerous visitors this summer.

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Information from: The Hays Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net

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