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Thursday
Apr052012

Wyoming Town Hits the Auction Block

iStockphoto/ThinkstockUPDATE: Buford, Wyoming is famously known as the nation’s smallest town. On Thursday, that reputation proved to be worth $900,000 during an auction for the town that had a population of one.

“Ladies and gentleman, you can own this town,” auctioneer C.K. Sonny Brown broadcasted.

Bids began at $100,000 and climbed quickly to the winning bid within around 15 minutes. The buyer wasn’t identified.  Don Sammons, 61, owner and seller of Buford, has up to a week to decide whether to accept the highest bid.

(BUFORD, Wyo.) -- Buford, Wyoming, is famously known as the nation’s smallest town, with a population of one in the 82052 zip code. On Thursday, the town will be losing that one and only resident, 60-year-old Don Sammons, and will be auctioned off to another at the starting bid of $100,000.

Real estate auction leader Williams & Williams will hold the sale at 2 p.m. EST at Buford Trading Post, the town’s convenience store and gas station, which will be included in the sale. The U.S. post office boxes, a cellular tower with lease, five buildings and about 10 acres of land are included.

Sammons, the current owner, moved to Buford in 1980 and by 1992, bought the Buford Trading Post. It was just seven years ago his son moved away and Buford suddenly had a population of one.

Buford, located 28 miles west of Cheyenne and just north of the border with Colorado, wasn’t always known as the nation’s smallest town. According to auction officials, Buford dates back to the mid 1800′s when it had around 2,000 residents.

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