Located in beautiful Star Valley, Afton presently (as of this writing - 07/22/11) has a population of 1,950 and sits at 6239 feet above sea level.
Native Americans and Fur Trappers first inhabited Star Valley. The Valley soon became a stop for Mormon settlers looking for better opportunities for their families.
(LDS) Apostle Moses Thatcher, while seeking new places suitable for home for the Mormon people, visited this Valley about 1878 or 1879. He stood on a vantage point overlooking the Valley and saw that it was good. "I hereby name this valley 'Star Valley'," he said, "Because it is the star of all valleys". Indian John (Jim) acted as guide on this journey. (Source: The Star Valley Historical Society web site, History of Star Valley page).
Afton is centrally located in Star Valley at the mouth of Swift Creek Canyon. Afton as a community had no name or identity until the fall of 1880. In 1879, the valley was dedicated as a home for LDS colonists. The authorities, after a survey, advised the people to move across the valley to the foot of the east mountains and make their home there, the present site of Afton.
Charles D. Cazier, who was chosen to preside over the few saints in the valley, had a town site surveyed to contain 30 blocks, each comprising 10 acres - selling for one dollar. The survey was done using a carpenter's square and a rope. When officially surveyed later, it was in error by only a few feet.
President William Budge, of the Bear Lake Stake (LDS Church), a native of Scotland, suggested that the new town be called Afton, because the roaring, tumbling stream gushing out of the mountains was the very antithesis of the placid stream he remembered of Sweet Afton fame.
Afton was incorporated in 1902 and A.V. Call was elected as the first mayor.
For more history of Afton and surrounding Star Valley visit the Star Valley Historical Society web site.
Elevation: 6,239 Feet
Population: 1,911 (as of 2010 US Census)
Population per Age Group
(according to 2010 US Census)
Age Group Population Percent of Total
Under 5 Years 174 9.1%
5 to 9 Years 166 8.7%
10 to 19 Years 327 17.2%
20 to 24 Years 88 4.6%
25 to 34 Years 242 12.6%
35 to 39 Years 105 5.5%
40 to 49 Years 207 10.9%
50 to 54 Years 115 6.0%
55 to 59 Years 107 5.6%
60 to 69 Years 194 10.2%
70 to 79 Years 103 5.4%
80 to 84 Years 35 1.8%
85 Years and Over 48 2.5%
Lincoln County, Wyoming 2010 Census Information
Population, 2010 18,106
Population, percent change 2000 to 2010 24.2%
Population, 2000 14,573