BUFORD PHINDELI TOWN, Wyo. - Buford, Wyoming, with a population of 1, is transforming itself into a Vietnamese gourmet coffee destination.
The new owner of Buford, now known as Buford PhinDeli Town, passed out free samples of Vietnamese coffee at a grand re-opening event Tuesday.
Last year, the sole inhabitant and owner of Buford put it up for auction. The town sold to Nguyen Dinh Pham of Vietnam for $900,000.
"My American dream has come true," he told a crowd assembled Tuesday.
Buford always has been known to people in Wyoming as a remote gas station and convenience store between Cheyenne and Laramie. The place was named 147 years ago for a Civil War hero.
The new owner plans to use Buford PhinDeli Town to market a new brand of Vietnamese coffee, PhinDeli Fine Coffee, to travelers on I-80. He says he hopes to take the brand nationwide.
The business move caught some locals by surprise.
"One would never think that little Buford, Wyoming would be the first in the country for any kind of product," said Darlene Kirkpatrick, who lives a few miles from Buford.
A caretaker will continue to live in Buford to keep the official population at one.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)