Wyoming Man Auctions Off Entire Town

He is Buford, Wyo.'s only resident

By Tierney McAfee
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 6:42 AM CDT
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Wyoming Man Auctions Off Entire Town

"Don, 'The Mayor', is retiring after 20 wonderful years in his town," Don Sammons wrote on the website for his business, the Buford Trading Post, a gas station and store.

You've heard of a one-horse town, but Buford, Wyo. is a one-person town. The tiny town will be auctioned off next month by its sole resident, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. Don Sammons, the town’s unofficial mayor, has lived in the community for more than 30 years.

"Don, 'The Mayor', is retiring after 20 wonderful years in his town," Sammons wrote on the website for his business, the Buford Trading Post, a gas station and store. "This entire, income producing, town is for sale; the house, the Trading Post, the former school house, along with all the history of this very unique place."

Buford, Wyoming's second-oldest town, was founded in the 1860s and once had about 2,000 residents before the Transcontinental Railroad was rerouted, Yahoo News reported.

Sammons moved to the town with his family in 1980, but his relatives eventually moved, leaving him as the lone resident. But his life is not exactly solitary — the trading post is visited by roughly 1,000 customers per day.

"It was a great life for me and for my family," Sammons, 60, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

A local advertisement for the unique auction reads:

"Unique opportunity to acquire an entire town, along with the Buford Trading post, an income-producing convenience and fuel store. Included in the auction are 10+/- acres of land, five buildings including a 3 bedroom home, United States post office boxes, plow and three vehicles. There is also a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease, and parking area previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches."

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