Shortly after noon today, the tiny town of Buford will have a new owner.
Buford, which has a population of one, will be auctioned at that time from 2 Sammons Lane in Buford. Bidding starts at $100,000.
Current owner Don Sammons began thinking about selling the town several years ago and put it on the market for the first time last summer. Sammons has been Buford’s owner, operator and mayor for 20 years.
At its peak nearly 2,000 people lived in Buford, which is located on Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne. The town got its start in 1866 as a fort during construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Sammons moved to Buford with his wife in 1980 and purchased the town in 1992, after his wife died. Sammons said up to 1,000 visitors may stop in Buford on a busy summer day, but he has been the town’s sole resident since his son moved away in 2006.
The sale includes a convenience store, gas station, 10 acres of land, U.S. Postal Service boxes, a cell tower, parking lot, modular home, garage, cabin/tool shed and a school house from 1905. Buford also comes with its own ZIP code, 82052.
Oklahoma-based Williams & Williams will be selling Buford, the first town the company has auctioned.
A final open house will be held two hours before auction for those interested in bidding.