In ‘Titanic,’ Leonardo DiCaprio famously declared, “I’m king of the world!” And while it may not be quite as grand, two Vietnamese buyers are now kings — or at least owners — of the smallest town in the US after buying it this week for $900,000.

Tiny Buford, Wyo., located about halfway between Laramie and Cheyenne, is the second-oldest town in the state. It consists of just one house, a gas station, and a few small buildings on 10 acres of land along Interstate 80.

Don Sammons moved there with his wife and son in 1980, and bought the hamlet himself in 1990. He recently decided to sell it so he could be closer to his son, who moved to Colorado in 2007.

Bidding on Thursday started at $100,000 but quickly climbed to the final selling price of $900,000. The new owners are two unnamed businessmen from Vietnam, who flew in after seeing online news stories about the auction.

“I don’t know when it will hit me,” Sammons said. “I’ve lived here half my life. I’m an emotional person, and I hope I handle it in an adult manner.”

He did say he won’t miss the billboard with his picture that’s currently on Interstate 80, adding with a laugh, “I can always rent one somewhere if I need to see my face.”

Take a look at a news story about Buford below.


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