How would you like to buy your own town?

The recent auction of Buford, Wyoming, attracted curious visitors from around the world – and by the end of it an unnamed Vietnamese bidder was the proud new owner of their very own town, according to a report at

Buford’s properties and businesses were put up for sale by its sole resident and self-proclaimed mayor Don Sammons, who after 20 years in town decided it was time to move on.

Mr Sammons, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was quite emotional to find out someone from Vietnam had bought his little town on Wyoming’s high plains.

“It’s really nice to know that even though we have problems at one time that we can be reunited again,” Mr Sammons said.

Buford sits at an altitude of 2400m and is located 45km west of Cheyenne, the state’s capital, on Interstate 80.

Buford boasts a proud history as the second-oldest town in Wyoming — built in 1866 by railroad workers. US President Ulysses S. Grant visited in 1869, while the outlaw Butch Cassidy robbed one of the town’s stores in the 1880s.

Once home to 2000 people, Buford’s population plummeted when the railroad bypassed the town.

According to the auction listing, included in the sale were a convenience store and gasoline station, US Post Office boxes and a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease — all producing an income — as well as another five buildings, including a three-bedroom home, a schoolhouse built in 1905, a garage and a 1900s cabin used as a tool shed.

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