Wyoming town, population 1, up for sale
Tiny Buford, Wyo., is up for sale. Benefits include no pesky neighbors – in fact, no neighbors at all – 10 acres of land, a store, a three-bedroom house, a garage and a cellphone tower.
Bids for the town, population 1, start at $100,000. That wouldn’t even buy a garage in Boulder, Colo., 115 miles to the south.
Current owner Don Sammons moved to Buford from California in 1980 with his family. But his wife died several years ago and his son grew up and moved away, leaving him on his own, according to Agence France-Presse.
“I am getting to the point where I’m thinking about retirement,” said Sammons, who describes himself as the mayor.
Buford, located along Interstate-80, 30 miles east of Cheyenne, is billed as America’s smallest town.
It once had 2,000 inhabitants, but then the railroad dropped it as a stopping point, and locals gradually moved out. It boasts the rare road sign: “Buford. Pop. 1. Elev 8,000.”
Buford, named for Union Civil War Gen. John Buford, was established during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in Wyoming.
At the time the town boasted a population of 2,000 itinerant workers. But as the railroad progressed, workers moved west with the railroad; Buford’s population has been declining ever since.
The online auction boasts that the property “includes the 24-hour fuel post, United States Post Office Boxes and a school house built in 1905 which is currently used as an office building.
“Additionally, there is a 3 bedroom modular home purchased new in 1994, a three and a half stall garage built in 1895, a 1900s cabin which is now used as a tool shed and a 700-800+/- sf barn.
“The parcel also includes the Union Wireless cellular tower lease and the parking lot previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches.”
Because Buford is located along I-80, it’s probably not the ideal locale to “get away from it all,” but if you’ve ever wanted to rule over a kingdom of one, this may be your chance.
(Photo credit: The Atlantic Wire.)