The United States' "smallest town" has been officially sold at auction for $900,000.
The new owner of Buford, Wyo., is an unidentified buyer from Vietnam who, despite attending the auction in person, has refused to meet with the media or discuss future plans for the tiny town. Apparently the buyer had flown to the United States all the way from Vietnam to snag his own little piece of "the American dream," a statement by auction house Williams & Williams said.
The 11-minute auction was held on April 5 with a starting bid of $100,000. The town of Buford, in southeastern Wyoming between Cheyenne and Laramie, garnered in-person and online viewers and bidders from 46 countries.
The sale included five buildings: a three-bedroom home, a 1905 schoolhouse that has been used as an office, a garage, a 1900s cabin used as a tool shed, and the Buford Trading Post, a convenience store and gasoline station. Also included in the sale was 10 acres of land, a collection of U.S. Post Office boxes, and a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease.
Gallery: Welcome to Buford, Wyo.
The sale of Buford has been bittersweet for the town's most recent owner, mayor and sole resident Don Sammons, who was reportedly emotional on auction day.
"I felt my time here has been very happy for me, and hopefully the new owner will be able to enjoy what I've enjoyed over the years," Sammons told the AP. "And keep the history alive."
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