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Wyoming town with 1 resident sold for $900,000

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This Jan. 1, 2011 file photo shows Buford resident Don Sammons standing in front of the population sign in Buford, Wyo.

BUFORD, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming town advertised as the smallest in the United States has sold at auction for $900,000.

Buford is located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming. An unidentified Vietnamese man placed the winning bid at auction Thursday.

As owner of the place along Interstate 80, he will get a gas station and convenience store, a schoolhouse from 1905, a cabin, a garage, 10 acres of land, and a three-bedroom home.

The town has had just one inhabitant, Don Sammons, who served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in the late 1960s. He plans to retire from his unofficial title as "mayor" of the unincorporated community and write a book about his experiences in Buford.

The town traces its origins to the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.


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