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.
“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.”