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An Entire Small Town in Wyoming Is Up for Auction

Anyone wanna buy a hamlet?

You can own this tiny Wyoming community.
You can own this tiny Wyoming community. Jsoo1/CC BY-SA 3.0

Aladdin is for sale, and Disney has nothing to do with it. The tiny, unincorporated hamlet of Aladdin, Wyoming, is going on the auction block, looking for the highest bidder to purchase the 15-person village.

At just 30 acres, Aladdin isn’t very big, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. According to the Casper Star Tribune, the current owners, Rick and Judy Brengle, are looking to sell off the small town (technically, what’s for sale is deeded property), which they have run 24/7 for the past 31 years. As owners of Aladdin, they’ve also operated its economic heart, a general store and mobile home park. But now that they are in their 70s, they’re looking to retire.

Whoever purchases Aladdin will become mayor and general manager of the town, which also contains a bar and a cafe/motel. The Brengles have been trying to sell the area for around a decade at the asking price of $1.5 million, but nobody has bitten, so now they are holding an auction on June 2. Pie will be served.

It’s not clear whether there are any seriously interested parties, but Aladdin is not the first entire town to go up for sale. In March, the town of Reduction, Pennsylvania, went on sale, in November 2016, Sugar Grove Station, West Virginia, hit the market. The list goes on. The Brengles aren’t sure what they’ll do if the town doesn’t sell, so hopefully a new steward will step up. If you’re interested, check out our handy guide to buying a town!