"It was nice and peaceful out there until that PERSON moved in," said Ernest Waller of Lost Springs, Wyoming– Population 4.

"We never had any fuss, or traffic or crime. It has been so peaceful out here I forgot what it was like to be around other people, and I liked it."

"But now," Ernest went on, "LORD THE TRAFFIC!" You know those people own two cars that actually work?"

"I own six cars and twelve pickup trucks, and none of them work. That's why they are all over there clogging up that field and not causing traffic jams on the streets."

"Why, just yesterday I pulled up to our only stop sign, and for the first time in probably twenty years I had to wait for the guy in the other car to make up his mind to go."

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People like Ernest, who live in Wyoming's smallest towns, are not used to anyone moving in.

Mostly, everybody moves away or dies.

Mostly they die.

So imagine how shocking and annoying it is when someone actually buys a house in what's left of the town and movies in.

"Next thing you know they're going to come over and say hello. They'll want to talk. WELL, I BEEN JUST FINE TALKING TO MYSELF."

"They'll have questions, like what my name is. WELL, MY PERSONAL LIFE AIN'T NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS."

I asked Ernest how far away those new neighbors were from his house.

"About five miles or so. Just too damn close."

It's true, the folks of Wyoming's smallest towns have no idea what to do when new people move in, especially when those new people are from out of state.


No, Ernest, that's just an example. I don't know where they are from.

"CAN'T BE TOO SURE. I'll get my gun."

Oh lord, I wish I hadn't said anything.


Here is the actual story.

It was not long ago that the town of Lost Springs, Wyoming had a population of just 1 person.


Lost Springs, Wyoming: City With Population of 1 (now 4)
So said its official green highway sign, and the metropolis got a lot of "hilarity of tiny towns" media attention. In 2011 it admitted that as many as four people lived there and the sign was updated to reflect its plummet from demographic uniqueness (not that there are many four-person towns).

Two businesses, and a population of 4 people. Wow, that is quite a JUMP!

BUT HOLD ON! Has Lost Springs gone through yet another population boom?

Lost Springs is a town in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6. Lost Springs, Wyoming.

So either a couple of people moved there, or somebody had some babies.

GOSH! Imagine the traffic problems they must be having now.

The name "Lost Springs" comes from early explorers who were trying to find the springs that were listed on the map. But they could not find any springs. Therefore, Lost Springs became the name.

There is a little bar in town. Not sure if that is still open but I want to go check.

There is also a little monument from back in 1976 when the town got the distinction of having a population of just 1.

attachment-Lost Springs Bar

So what was the town like when it just has a population of 1?

For that matter, what was the population like, when it was just 1? Was he a nice guy?

Imagine someone from NYC coming to Lost Springs and looking at the population density.

New York has the highest population density of any major city in the United States, with over 27,000 people per square mile.

In the video below we get to meet the 1 guy who lived in Lost Springs when the population was just 1.

I searched through a few more videos and found one of when the population was bumped up to 4.

All at once, the lone guy in Lost Springs has to talk to people.

Suddenly he could not sit naked on the front porch anymore.

He had once bragged that he could step outside and just cuss at the top of his lungs and nobody was around to worry about it. Can't do that when suddenly 3 other people are around.

So what caused the recent population JUMP from 4 to 6?

Just what does Lost Springs have to offer?

I bet what the town has to offer is cheap land, quiet open spaces, and no crime.

Well, then again there is that one bar in town.


Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

Wyoming Pickup Truck Office View

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

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