Book Signing at City News Cheyenne

Book Signing at Cheyenne's City NewsMeet Buford’s sole resident, Don Sammons at City News, 1722 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday, July 25th from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Get a copy of the “Buford One” book signed by the author, in person during Cheyenne Frontier Days!

City News is located in the heart of Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming:

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Buford One is On Amazon!

Don Sammons’ true story about Buford, Wyoming and the Buford Trading Post is now available for purchase on Amazon.com. This story of one man’s journey from life in California, to sole proprietorship in Wyoming, and today’s world adventure is sure to inspire. Own your copy today:

Buford One on Amazon

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Buford Featured in New York Times

Packing Up, Moving On and Selling the Town

Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, via Associated Press
The town of Buford sold for $900,000. Don Sammons bought the 10-acre town from a family in 1992.
By DAN FROSCH View New York Times Article
Published: April 7, 2012

DENVER — For years, Don Sammons was the biggest shot in Buford. He owned everything. The gas station, the trading post, the cafe. Needed anything while passing through town? Mr. Sammons was the man to talk to.

In fact, he was the only man you could talk to, being the sole resident of Buford, all 10 acres of it, a windswept Wyoming outpost just off Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie.

Billing itself as the nation’s smallest town, unincorporated Buford went to auction on Thursday after Mr. Sammons decided to move on after two decades of living here. The sale drew interest from people around the world who dreamed of owning a bucolic American town on the edge of the frontier.

The auction itself lasted less than 15 minutes before a mysterious Vietnamese man offered a winning bid of $900,000 for Buford, which has been around since the mid-1800s and was once a railroad town with a population of about 2,000.

“We’ve auctioned off all types of properties of all shapes and sizes and purposes,” said Amy Bates, chief marketing officer for Williams & Williams, a real estate auction company based in Tulsa, Okla. “But we’d never auctioned off a town.”

Mr. Sammons, 61, moved here from Newport Beach, Calif., in the ’80s along with his wife, searching for someplace quieter. After his wife died, he bought Buford in 1992 for $155,000 from a family who hailed from New Jersey.

He replaced the gas pumps, used the old school house as an office and rebuilt the trading post, turning Buford into a popular way station for travelers. In 2006, his son moved out, and Mr. Sammons became Buford’s only resident.

“People always ask me, ‘Didn’t you get lonely?’ ” he said. “But there’s a big difference between being lonely and being alone. There are people in New York City, who have millions of people around them, and they might feel very lonely.”

In reality, Buford was not so lonely. More than a thousand people would stop by each day. The pumps stayed open 24 hours, but by nightfall the traffic died down.

After work, Mr. Sammons would often stroll over to his house for dinner, before sitting on his porch, where the view of the mountains shooting up over the plains and the soft whisper from passing cars made the day’s end especially peaceful.

Recently, though, Mr. Sammons had started feeling his work here was done.

“I was kind of hoping my son might want to carry it on,” he said. “But he explained to me that it just isn’t his thing. And I certainly understand that.”

The new owner, a man from Ho Chi Minh City, had flown in from Vietnam for the auction. His broker, Rozetta Weston, said he wished to remain anonymous and was not available for comment. It was unclear what the man had in store for Buford.

In a statement issued through Ms. Weston, the man said, “Owning a piece of property in the U.S. has been my dream.” He added: “So, I decided to make a trip to Wyoming, to bid on-site. It was a long journey but I made it at last. It is the American dream!”

In a twist of fate, Mr. Sammons served in the Army during the Vietnam War and had been to Ho Chi Minh City when it was still Saigon. These days, he tried not to think much about the war. But in some ways, selling to this man seemed right.

“I had been to his town in Vietnam, and now he’s buying my town,” Mr. Sammons mused. “We have similar interests, and we’re both Buddhists. It’s brought me full circle.”

For now, Mr. Sammons will try to get used to waking up in the new home he bought in Windsor, Colo., near his son. But he plans on visiting Buford a few times a year — if for no other reason than to see how the place is holding up.

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Buford Town Auction

Buford Town Auction

“Amazing that all this attention has been brought to our little community of Buford”
“We are out in the middle of nowhere on the busiest interstate”
“There are more cows, more dogs in Wyoming than there are people and we kinda like that way”.

The sole resident of Buford Wyoming discusses the history of Buford, Wyoming and how he sold it to the world.

“Because of Buford, I got to meet people from all over the world. You never know who was going to open the front door and come in” says Don Sammons, owner of Buford Trading Post.

Don Sammons, a Vietnam veteran himself, sells his town to a Vietnamese businessmen. “I served in the Army in Vietnam in ’69. I was in the town that he (the buyer) is from. I did not have a good taste in my mouth about Vietnam and it’s just so interesting how over the years, I have whole different look about Vietnam.”
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Buford, Wyo., population 1, sold for $900,000

Buford, Wyo., population 1, sold for $900,000 to two Vietnamese businessmen
Thursday Apr 5, 2012 6:50 PM
Read this article and see videos on NBC

Don Sammons is hanging up his hat as mayor, store clerk and mechanic of Buford, Wyoming – the entire town is up for sale. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.
By Christina Caron and Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com

Buford, Wyo., population 1, was sold Thursday for $900,000, The Associated Press reported. The buyers were two businessmen from Vietnam who flew in for the auction and whose identities have been so far kept secret.

Until recently, the town’s one resident was Don Sammons, 61, who managed the town’s liquor sales, hardware sales, gas pump and hot dog warmer. Sammons moved months ago, and the phone to the Buford Trading Post has been disconnected.

Buford, featured on “Nightly News” last weekend, is on Highway 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming. The town was originally listed at $100,000. The auction house, Williams and Williams, told NBC News that buyers from more than 70 countries expressed interest.

On the Buford Trading Post website, Sammons explained that he moved to Buford from California with his wife and son in 1980. Several years ago, his wife died, and his son grew up and moved away. Sammons describes himself: “He’s a man with his own zip code, his own town, his own gas station and trading post.” He encouraged travelers to stop by and say hello.

Buford, Wyoming’s second-oldest town, was established in 1866. Years ago, it was a railway town of 2,000 that hosted both the famous and infamous — Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt and outlaw Butch Cassidy. But when the railroad faded away, so did the residents.

Sold on Thursday were five buildings, U.S. Post Office boxes, a leased Union Wireless cellular tower, 10 acres of land and “a parking area previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches.” In its listing, the auction house noted that up to 1,000 customers drive through the tiny town during peak summer months.

NBC News’ Kristen Dahlgren contributed to this report.

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Buford on Wyoming’s K2 News

Lone Resident Speaks About Nations Smallest Town by Jeff Schuman K2 News

“You don’t move to Buford, Wyoming by accident – you have to want to be here.” – Don Sammons

The second oldest town in Wyoming still brings visitors from around the world! Don Sammons, the only resident of Buford, Wyoming speaks about the town of Buford and how it came to be.
http://www.k2tv.com/newscasts.php?id=847

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What Is In Buford, Wyoming?

Often we hear the question “what can you do in Buford, Wyoming?”. There are many things to do!


Vedauwoo

Vedauwoo (pronounced vee-da-voo), is the  “Land of the Earthborn Spirit”.  This natural area is a secluded rocky oasis with dense pine forests, natural wild flowers and Wyoming wildlife under the wide-open western skies. Vedauwoo is 4.4 miles from the Buford Trading Post. Camping is available, visit Public Lands for more information or stop in to the Buford Trading Post for your camping supplies!

Hiking and Rock Climbing

For the adventurous people, rock climbing at Vedauwoo is a popular attraction. All ages and skill levels will find areas to climb and see the beautiful Wyoming wilderness in its natural state.  Granite walls, cliffs, boulders and open areas provide an outdoorsmans mecca in the beautiful Medice Bow National Forest. 

Curt Gowdy State Park

This state park boasts fishing, horseback  riding, an archery range, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, boating, camping and picnic areas. This beautiful state park is only 20 minutes from Buford, Wyoming!  Find more information about Curt Gowdy State Park on the  Wyoming State Parks website.


Cheyenne Frontier Days

Every July, the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and concert series comes alive.  Folks travel from around the globe to experience the “Daddy of ’em All”.  Buford, Wyoming attracts many tourists en route to the  parades, shows, shopping and more, which are only 30 minutes away.  The western art show and vendors bring in the masses, attracting “real” cowboys and cowgirls – even if “real” only for a day or a week out of the year.  To experience the western legend, visit the CFD Rodeo website for more information.

Laramie Jubilee Days

A local favorite, Jubilee Days takes place in beautiful downtown Laramie, Wyoming – a short 23 minute drive from Buford, Wyoming.  Laramie’s Jubilee Days brings life to the streets with rodeos, parades, downtown exhibitors, car shows, street dances, the “fall brawl” and more.  Experience Wyoming or learn more about this local favorite, visit the Jubilee Days website.

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Buford in the Today Show

Buford, Wyoming was featured on the Today Show on NBC. See what resident Don Sammons has to say about living in the “loneliest city in America”.
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Buford Wyoming Population 1 Featured on Today!

Welcome to Buford Wyoming Population 1
NBC’s Lee Cowan heads to the Cowboy State (Wyoming) to visit the lone citizen (Don Sammons) of a tiny town that the railroad left behind.

Meet Don Sammons and hear his story about life in a town with a population of 1. Featured on Today, Don Sammons talks about the Buford Trading Post, Buford Wyoming and life as the Mayor, Post Office, and sole proprietor. The smallest town in America hosts Don and the only truck stop, gift shop, gas and quick snack stop between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.

Visitors and neighbors counties away discuss their thoughts on Buford, Wyoming. Watch the video for more information: Continue reading

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Lone Resident Speaks About Nations Smallest Town

Lone Resident Speaks About Nations Smallest Town – Buford Wyoming

Don Sammons talks about having his own zip code with Wyoming’s K2TV news.

You may have seen it along the way. “There’s a sign down the road”, or simply drive right by it with a single blink of the eye!

“I like the open space” Says Don, Sammons.

But nestled between Cheyenne and Laramie is a man with his own zip code and the claim to fame of being the smallest town in America!

“I always tell people that I’ve traveled around the world and you don’t move to Buford Wyoming by accident” Sammons laughs “You have to want to be here!”.

Although small, the second oldest town in Wyoming is full of history. Having seen President Ulysses S Grant and Franklin Delano Roosevelt pass through. And, it was even robbed by Butch Cassidy in the 1800’s! Read more about Buford Wyoming History

Over 140 years later and nearly 2000 residents less, Don has transformed Buford’s theme.

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