- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
The "town" — which is really more of a "gas station" — of Buford, Wyoming, has a new owner:
The population of the least populous town in the United States appeared to at least double Thursday when two mysterious businessmen from Vietnam won the tiny hamlet with a bid of $900,000 at auction.
About a dozen bidders gathered around the town’s one business to bid on Buford, Wyoming, which consists of a gas station, a three-bedroom house and a few small outbuildings on 10 acres along Interstate 80.
The bidding began at $100,000 and quickly escalated. The winning bidders were immediately whisked away by auction officials, who would not let them speak to the media.
The town’s only resident, Don Sammons, said he’ll miss the town but not the billboard of his face that currently adorns the highway. "I can always rent one somewhere if I need to see my face," he told CNN.
The intentions of the town’s new owners have not yet been revealed.