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Wyoming: One-person town sells for $900,000 at auction

April 05, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Don Sammons, the owner and sole resident of Buford, Wyo., in a January 2011 photo.
Don Sammons, the owner and sole resident of Buford, Wyo., in a January 2011… (Michael Smith )

The town of Buford, Wyo. -- one resident (who's leaving), one ZIP Code (82052) and five buildings (a home, a store and three old buildings) -- sold at auction Thursday for $900,000.

Real estate auction company Williams & Williams of Tulsa, Okla., sold the 10-acre town to a buyer from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, who flew to Wyoming for the auction, a statement from the company says. The buyer was not identified.

Bidding started at 100,000 in an auction that took place in Buford and online.

Don Sammons, who owned the town and was its lone resident, decided to sell years after his wife died and his son moved away. He had owned the town since 1992. The listing says in summer about 1,000 tourists a day stop to buy T-shirts, postcards and gas at the store on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie.

At 8,000 feet above sea level, the town is the highest point on Interstate 80. Among its other distinctions: President Grant stopped by in 1869, and infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy supposedly once robbed the town.

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