One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain

If you ever get the feeling that you’re on your own, then spare a thought for Don Sammons.

The hamlet of Buford in Wyoming is not even a sparsely-populated area. It’s a single-populated area, as the 60-year-old is the only man, woman or child living there.

But even though the ‘population one’ hamlet is 8,000ft up a cold mountain, he denies feeling lonely and runs an isolated petrol station and convenience shop.
One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain

One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain
Mr Sammons left Los Angeles in 1980 with his wife and bought the tiny town with six buildings to escape their busy lifestyle.

When the couple moved there were seven people living in Buford working for a railroad that passes nearby, but they all moved away to bigger towns by the mid-1990s.
One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain

One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain
Then his wife died 15 years ago and his son, now aged 26, moved to Colorado three years ago. So that left Mr Sammons in Buford on his own.

He gets about 1,000 visitors a day to the village during the summer, which has a billboard proclaiming his small empire, but this drops to around 100 during the winter.

In winters the winds often blow at 70mph giving a wind-chill factor of minus 20.
One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain

One-man Town on a 8,000ft Chilly Mountain

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