Western Wonderland For Sale
Move forcing sale of man's tiny backyard ghost town.
In the small Kansas town of Hoyt, there is a post office, a water tower, a church, a school, and even a few stop signs, all things that make up a respectable town.
But most people don't know that in one man's backyard a whole other kind of town awaits.
Greg Porter built a western wonderland with a few scraps, his bare hands, and one creative imagination.
"Everybody thought I was kind of kidding when I said well I think I'll build a bank. At that time they were kind of having trouble with the banks and the economy and I thought maybe I could get a bailout stimulus package. No, not really. We just kind of built it for fun," he says.
Fun is a serious understatement.
Greg says sharing the cow-town with his granddaughter brings back fond memories from his childhood.
"I had great memories as a kid. You've got to remember where you come from," he says.
Chickens live on one side of the village and goldfish garnish the pond.
Greg says the sounds of the critters embracing the environment rewards him for all of the upkeep.
No matter where the wind takes them, their family will always reflect back on the village.
The Porters want to move to the outskirts of town and would like to sell it before they go.
For anyone interested in buying it, the ad is on eBay and Craigslist for $20,000.
Greg says you can also find them in the phone book under Porter Construction.