Convenience Store for Sale, Town Included
BUFORD, Wyo. -- For the low price of $100,000 all this could be yours: a convenience store and gas station, post office boxes and cell tower, five buildings, a parking area and 10 acres of land. What's on the auction block? Buford, Wyo.
Known as the "Nation's Smallest Town," an auction for this town -- population one -- will be held at noon April 5. Don Sammons, Buford's last man standing, will sell the town through Williams and Williams, an auction company based in Oklahoma City, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Located 28 miles west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80, Buford also has the distinction of being the highest town -- at 8,000 feet -- on the I-80 route from California to New York. It is the second oldest town in Wyoming and takes its name from a Civil war general.
Sammons and his family moved to Buford from Los Angeles in 1980 and he bought the Buford Trading Post, which includes the convenience store and gas station, in 1992. He operated the trading post until the end of 2011. Although his family has moved away, Sammons has stayed on as sole resident and mayor. He is semi-retired, the news outlet reported.
Buford is a business opportunity and has a romantic lifestyle of growing a town, Amy Bates, chief marketing officer with Williams & Williams, told the newspaper.
Specifically, the sale includes the Buford Trading Post (with an income-producing c-store and gas station), U.S. post office boxes, a Union Wireless cell tower with lease, five buildings (including a three-bedroom home, a 1905 schoolhouse that has been used as an office, a garage and a 1900s cabin used as a tool shed), a parking area, and approximately 10 acres of land.