PhinDeli, Wyoming

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PhinDeli, Wyoming
Unincorporated community
Former street sign for Buford, Wyoming
Former street sign for Buford, Wyoming
PhinDeli, Wyoming is located in Wyoming
PhinDeli, Wyoming
PhinDeli, Wyoming
Location within the state of Wyoming
Coordinates: 41°07′19″N 105°18′17″W / 41.12194°N 105.30472°W / 41.12194; -105.30472Coordinates: 41°07′19″N 105°18′17″W / 41.12194°N 105.30472°W / 41.12194; -105.30472
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Albany
Founded 1866
 • Mayor Pham Dinh Nguyen
 • Total 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
 • Land 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1
 • Density 65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 82052

PhinDeli, before 2013 known as Buford, is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, United States. It is located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. At 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of elevation, this is the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad (today's Overland Route) and the transcontinental Interstate 80. This was originally named Buford (in honor of Major General John Buford). The name was changed after the town was sold to Vietnamese owners.[1][2]


PhinDeli is a commercial promotional name tagged in 2013, by the store-owners to the town of Buford, founded in 1866,[3] during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in Wyoming. At its peak, the town boasted a population of 2000.[3] In 1900, a post office was built, which closed in 2004.[4]

Don Sammons moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son.[5] In 1992, he purchased the town.[6] His wife died in 1995, and his son moved away around 2007, making him Buford's only resident.[3][5] However, at a later time, seven residents lived within the city, but moved away to larger municipalities.[7]

The town, consisting of a convenience store, gas station, and modular home on 4 hectares (9.9 acres) of land, was put up for sale after Don Sammons decided to move closer to his son.[6] The town was put up for auction on April 5, 2012, with the highest bid of $900,000 by two unidentified Vietnamese men.[5][8][9] Later, it was revealed that one of them was Phạm Đình Nguyên.[10]

One change under the new owners is selling PhinDeli brand of coffee, imported from Vietnam, in the convenience store.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Sherman Summit – The mountain pass near Buford that is the highest point along Interstate 80
  • Ames monument – Monument near Buford marking the highest point along the original grade of the First Transcontinental Railroad
  • Monowi, Nebraska – The only incorporated village with only 1 person.


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