Billionaire Bill Koch Builds His Own Wild West Town on His Colorado Ranch

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The Wild West isn't gone -- in fact, it's re-emerging in Colorado.

Billionaire Bill Koch is building an entire Wild West town (pictured above) on his 6,400-acre Bear Ranch in Gunnison County, Colo., the Denver Post reported. It has 50 buildings, which include a saloon, a jail, a church and a train station.

But Old West enthusiasts shouldn't expect to visit Koch's private, unpopulated town: It's for his amusement only and reportedly will not be open to the public.

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Square feet: 48,000
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"It's the kind of stuff I guess you would expect a billionaire to construct," Ramon Reed, chairman of the Gunnison County Planning Commission, told the Post. "It's like something out of a 'Gunsmoke' movie set."

billionaire Bill Koch wild west townTo build the town, Koch, who is founder and president of energy company Oxbow Group, bought Buckskin Joe (pictured at left and below), a former Wild West tourist attraction in Colorado. He uprooted the buildings there and had them transported to his ranch. Koch doled out $3.1 million for Buckskin Joe in 2010.

Koch's net worth is estimated at about $4 billion, according to Forbes. He's a brother of David and Charles Koch, who have become famous for their contributions to politically conservative causes, and he's also active in those circles.

The billionaire is a lover of the days of the Old West. He paid $2.3 million last year for an original photo of famed Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid. At the time, he told the Post: "I love the Old West. I plan on enjoying it and discreetly sharing it. I think I'll display it in a few small museums."

billionaire Bill Koch wild west townGunnison County has also approved a 22,000-square-foot residence that Koch wants to build on a hillside above his Wild West town. That's right: Koch won't even live in the town -- he just wants to be in a prime location to simply look at it.

AOL Real Estate could not reach Koch for comment.

This may be the first example of someone actually building his own Wild West town, but it's certainly not the only one of its kind out there. The town of Woodside, Utah, a Wild West ghost town, recently hit the market for $3.9 million. And the town near Hildebran, N.C., called District 12, which was used in "The Hunger Games," was also up for sale earlier this year for $1.4 million.

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This undated image provided by VisitNC.com shows the Knight Theater in Charlotte, N.C., part of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. It's where scenes from "The Hunger Games" were shot -- of interviews with teenage "tributes." The movie was filmed entirely in North Carolina, which is gearing up for tourism from fans.

This undated image provided by VisitNC.com shows the abandoned Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, N.C., where scenes from "The Hunger Games" were shot. The house on the left was outfitted as the Everdeens' home in the Seam, part of District 12 in fictional Panem.

This undated image provided by VisitNC.com shows an old company store at the abandoned Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, N.C., where scenes from "The Hunger Games" were shot. In the movie, the store became the Mellark family bakery in District 12.

This undated image provided by VisitNC.com shows the bottom of Triple Falls at DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina, which was used as a backdrop for arena scenes in "The Hunger Games."

This undated image provided by VisitNC.com shows the warehouse space in Shelby, N.C., which was used for reaping scenes in "The Hunger Games" movie.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) in "The Hunger Games."

Josh Hutcherson stars as Peeta Mellark.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen.

Josh Hutcherson stars as Peeta Mellark.

Jennifer Lawrence on the set.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen.

Director Gary Ross on the set.

Amandla Stenberg stars as Rue.

Elizabeth Banks, left, as Effie Trinket and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Jennifer Lawrence, left, as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Elizabeth Banks, left, as Effie Trinket, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Donald Sutherland as President Snow.

From left: Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove, Alexander Ludwig as Cato, Jack Quaid as Marvel and Leven Rambin as Glimmer.

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.

Donald Sutherland, left, as President Snow and Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane.

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