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Buford, the one-person Wyoming town, sells for $900,000


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Welcome to Buford, and the American dream.
By 11 a.m. yesterday, the lot was full of cars -- many of them pickups, and many of those beat-up. There were TV camera crews, too, including one from CNN and one from Japan. The store, which was largely cleared out, was just selling T-shirts, some featuring Sammons looking much more like a mountain man than he did yesterday. He wore a dark suit that echoed the Secret-Service look of the Williams & Williams auction house employees.

Sammons is ready to retire, he told me; he was thinking of some beachfront property. (The bookshelf in the three-bedroom house -- a remodeled double-wide -- included a book on how to retire in Mexico or Costa Rica.) In the meantime, he'd bought a new place an hour south, in Windsor, Colorado.

The people eying his property ranged from a Wyoming man now living in Maine whose wife wanted to open a karate school, a pair from Denver who thought the old schoolhouse might make a good bar (too small, they decided). And two mysterious young men, hats pulled low against the wind, man-bags making it very clear they weren't from Wyoming.

The auction, which included online bidders from 46 countries as well as dozens gathered in the parking lot, started at noon and $100,000 and ended eleven minutes and $900,000 later. One of the man-bag bidders, a native of Vietnam who declined to be identified or interviewed, had won the prize. "Owning a piece of property in the U.S. has been my dream," he said in a statement handed out by the auction house.

A very windy, dusty piece of the American dream.

Hope he can find a perky cashier.

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "Billy the Kid photo snapped up for $2 million by William Koch."



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