PhinDeli Town Buford, Wyoming
Town sign for Buford
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PhinDeli Town Buford, originally known as Buford, is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, United States of America. It is located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. At 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of elevation, it is the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad (today's Overland Route), and on the transcontinental Interstate 80. The town was originally named Buford (in honor of Major General John Buford), a Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War. In 2013, the town was sold to a Vietnamese owner, who re-branded it as "PhinDeli Town Buford". The postal addresses, however, still bears the town's original name of "Buford". Known for having a population of only 1, the town has been uninhabited since 2017.
PhinDeli is a promotional name tagged to the town of Buford in 2013, by the store-owners. The original town was founded in 1866, during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in the Wyoming Territory. At its peak, the town boasted a population of 2,000. In 1900, a post office was built, which was closed in 2004.
Don Sammons moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son. In 1992, he purchased the town. His wife died in 1995, and his son moved away around 2007, making him Buford's only resident. However, at a later time, seven residents lived in the town, but eventually moved away to larger municipalities.
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. The town was put up for auction on April 5, 2012, with the highest bid of $900,000 was made by two unidentified Vietnamese men. Later, it was revealed that one of them was Phạm Đình Nguyên. The new owners sell "PhinDeli" brand coffee, imported from Vietnam, in the convenience store.
Nguyen confirmed that he never lived in the town and only visited it occasionally. Sammons managed the store for months and then Albany County native Jason Hirsh took over management while his son and nephew maintained the property and lived on site. In 2017, Hirsh resigned and closed the shop, leaving the town abandoned.
- 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.
- Hibberts Gore, Maine – A tiny community with only 1 person.
- Wyoming’s Smallest Town Has Been Completely Abandoned
- PhinDeli Town Buford: Open for business
- America’s Tiniest Town Is Sold And Renamed PhinDeli Town Buford, Wyoming
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