Nation's Smallest Town Sells for $900,000, C-store Included
BUFORD, Wyo. -- Sold for $900,000.
That was the winning bid at yesterday’s auction for the town of Buford, Wyo., which was put up for sale by its owner and lone resident last month, as CSNews Online previously reported.
Known as the "Nation's Smallest Town," Buford consists of a convenience store and gas station, post office boxes, a cell tower, five buildings, a parking area and 10 acres of land. Don Sammons, Buford's last man standing, sold the town April 5 through Williams and Williams, an auction company based in Oklahoma City.
An unidentified buyer from Vietnam submitted the winning bid in an 11-minute Internet auction. The sale drew interested bidders from 46 countries, according to Reuters.
The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, flew to Wyoming from Vietnam for a purchase he likened to "the American dream," according to a statement released by Williams & Williams, the Oklahoma auction house handling the sale.
"Owning a piece of property in the U.S. has been my dream," the buyer said in the statement.
Speaking before the sale, an executive with Williams & Williams said the firm had never seen the level of buzz that preceded the Buford auction, the news outlet reported.
"Auctions always bring a lot of attention, but even we were amazed at the amount of attention to Buford worldwide," said Amy Bates, chief marketing officer for Williams & Williams. "It's the Wild West in the U.S. It's owning your town and getting away from it all."