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Buford, population 1, goes on the auction block

Apr 5, 2012 - The Associated Press

BUFORD (AP) -- What's advertised as the smallest town in the United States will be going to the highest bidder.

Buford is located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming.

The bidding starts at $100,000 at auction Thursday.

Despite the publicity, Buford isn't actually a "town" in the official sense. It is not an incorporated Wyoming municipality.

The incorporated town of Lost Springs, in Converse County, is Wyoming's smallest true town, with a population of 4.

Whoever wins Buford along Interstate 80 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 just one inhabitant, Don Sammons. He plans to retire from his unofficial title as "mayor" of the unincorporated community and managing his businesses, and move on.

The town traces its origins to the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and had as many as 2,000 residents before the railroad was rerouted.

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