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Small-town America meets Vietnam

Posted: Apr 10, 2012

  A pair of businessmen from Viet Nam bought the town of Buford, Wyo., today at auction with a $900,000 bid, according to media reports.

Their names were not disclosed, and it is not known what the men plan to do with their purchase.
Buford has just one gas station, one three-bedroom house, a cell tower and a small assortment “outbuildings” on just 10 acres. The town sits along Interstate 80, halfway between the Wyoming locales of Laramie and Cheyenne.

Buford is believed to be the least-populated town in the United States. During the auction, the tears flowed down the face of the sole resident, Don Sammons, who has lived there since 1980 after relocating with his wife and son. His wife died 16 years ago, and his adult son left town five years ago. He became the town’s owner in 1990 but decided to sell it at auction and move to Windsor, Colo., to live close to his son.

Buford is Wyoming’s second-oldest town, formed in the 1860s. It once had about 2,000 residents, but “the rerouting of the transcontinental railroad sealed its fate,” according to Time magazine. In the 19th century, President Ulysses S. Grant made a visit there, and the outlaw Butch Cassidy robbed a store in Buford, according to Time.


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