Lone Resident Speaks About Nations Smallest Town
Jeff Schuman reports, firstname.lastname@example.org
Buford, Wyoming resident has his own zip code as the only resident of the smallest town in America.
You may have seen it along the way.
"There's a sign down the road," Sharon Fallis said, whose father-in-law is named Buford.
Or simply drove right by it with a single blink of the eye.
"I like the open space," Don Sammons said, the only Buford resident.
But nestled between Cheyenne and Laramie is a man with his own zip code and the claim to fame of being mayor of 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. You have to want to move here," Sammons said.
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. Over 140 years later and nearly 2,000 residents less, Don has transformed Buford's fame.
"The first day after the NBC Today Show aired, Buford's website got 500 emails from around the world."
You may feel a little tall standing in Buford as it is the highest town off of I-80 between New York and San Francisco at 8,000 feet. But it's that single digit that keeps people pulling off of the highway to say hi.
"My dad's name is Buford...why not stop. Population one, so is he," Al Fallis said, whose father is named Buford.
After the passing of his wife and his son moving on, population one became official in 2008. And while he loves the open space, it's the interaction Don enjoys most as he says eight out of 10 people now come just to see the town and the many they saw on TV.
"I also get a lot of interaction with people from all over the world. Conversations with people that otherwise you would never be able to have," Sammons said.
Money magazine may not have Buford on the top of it's Best Small Towns to Live in, but it's at the top of Don's. Oh, and in case you're wondering who he'll be voting for this year...
"That's still up in the air, but I have to tell you that all the powers to be now in both party's sure have to go a long way before they get Buford's vote.