Buford, Wyoming auctioned off to foreign bidders; after 30 years, Population: 1 retires to CO (Friday, April 6, 2012)

Buford is a landmark in I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie. The still-standing billboard features former owner Don Sammons with a beard and cap, boasting a population of one and claiming to be America’s smallest town. (It’s technically not, for a handful of reasons.) Sammons auctioned off the “town”, which was a bit of a spectacle in the remote high desert plains. I don’t think he expected foreign nationals to buy the businesses in the town, or to keep them closed as long as they have.

The BBC/PRI’s “The World” interviewed me about the auction.

Buford Auction Feature

An Oklahoma-based company auctioned off Buford, Wyoming Thursday afternoon. For a winning bid of $900,000, the property will move to the control of two unnamed businessmen from Vietnam. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez has more.”

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About gumshuz

I'm a writer and journalist living in Wyoming. Audio is my passion. My reporting has aired on Naitonal Public Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, BBC/PRI, APM and WAMU. My writing has been published in The News Leader, the Daily News-Record and The Star-Ledger. I deal in Americana and the human condition.
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