Buford, Wyoming, billed as America's smallest town, has been sold by its sole resident for $900,000 to two unidentified Vietnamese businessmen.
Don Sammons, 61, bought the town in 1990 after moving to Buford from California ten years earlier with his wife and son, CNN reported. His wife passed away in 1995, and his son moved away in 2007.
The town, a remote area along busy Interstate 80 in between Laramie and Cheyenne, includes a gas station and convenience store, a schoolhouse from 1905, a cabin, a garage, 10 acres, and a three-bedroom home overlooking the snowcapped mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the Assocated Press reported.
Buford, the second oldest town in Wyoming, dates back to the 1860s and had as many as 2,000 residents before the Transcontinental Railroad was rerouted, according to the AP.
The bidding for the town began at $100,000 and quickly progressed to $800,000 before being sold just short of $1 million, the Laramie Boomerang reported.
Pam McKissick, CEO of the company that hosted the auction, said her business received queries from interested buyers in 84 countries leading up to Thursday, according to the Boomerang.
“It’s resonated with a lot of people that you can come out West and own a town,” she said.
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Buford was sold to two businessmen from Vietnam who were whisked away right after the auction and did not speak with reporters, Digital Journal reported.
Tonjah Andrews, a real estate broker from Cheyenne who was hired to represent the men, would not disclose their names or their plans for Buford, saying only that the men flew in from Vietnam after learning about the auction from online news stories, CNN reported.
"I felt my time here has been very happy for me, and hopefully the new owner(s) will be able to enjoy what I've enjoyed over the years — conversations with people, the uniqueness of the area and so on — and keep the history alive," Sammons said, the AP reported.
Sammons plans to retire from his unofficial title as "mayor" and write a book about his experiences in Buford, according to the AP.