Afton
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Title:Afton
History:Afton Post Office was established on April 5, 1888 when the location was in Uinta County. William H. Cazier was the first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) Afton, Uinta County. A post office on Salt River, 100 miles north of Evanston, the county seat, and 48 miles northeast of Montpelier, Idaho, the nearest shipping point. Has a bank and Latter Day Saints Church. A weekly newspaper, The Independent, is published. Stage daily to Montpelier, Idaho, fare $3.00. Long distance telephone. Mail daily. (Gazetteer, 1908-9) Prosperous and growing town in the western part of Uinta County. Located in the beautiful Star Valley on the Salt River. Star Valley is about 30 miles long and 5 miles wide and has many of the characteristics of an earthly paradise. Afton is the largest of the eight towns located in this valley. The principal industries of the surrounding country are the manufacturing of creamery products and stock raising, with considerable farming. There is fine hunting and fishing in the Star Valley mountain range adjoining, where are found gold, silver, copper and coal. Afton has good water, good churches, a public school, a complete electric light plant, an extensive creamery ... and many beautiful homes. A daily stage connects with the Oregon Short Line railroad at Montpelier, Idaho, the nearest railroad point. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11)
County:Lincoln
Feature Category:Manmade Features
Origin Of Name:Settled in 1885, organized in 1891. Name supposedly derived from a remark of William Bridge's, who said that Swift Creek's turbulence would make it impossible for Burns to sing "Flow gently sweet Afton" in regard to this stream. (WPA) Named for the song "Flow Gently Sweet Afton." (Annals of Wyoming 14:2) "Afton ..., Lincoln (formerly Uinta) Co., Wyo., is the principal settlement in Star Valley and was permanently settled in 1885, and organized as a Ward in 1887 and named Afton after the historical river of that name in Scotland." (Jenson, 1919-1921)Afton Post Office was established on April 5, 1888 when the location was in Uinta County. William H. Cazier was the first postmaster. (Wyoming Post Offices) Afton, Uinta County. A post office on Salt River, 100 miles north of Evanston, the county seat, and 48 miles northeast of Montpelier, Idaho, the nearest shipping point. Has a bank and Latter Day Saints Church. A weekly newspaper, The Independent, is published. Stage daily to Montpelier, Idaho, fare $3.00. Long distance telephone. Mail daily. (Gazetteer, 1908-9) Prosperous and growing town in the western part of Uinta County. Located in the beautiful Star Valley on the Salt River. Star Valley is about 30 miles long and 5 miles wide and has many of the characteristics of an earthly paradise. Afton is the largest of the eight towns located in this valley. The principal industries of the surrounding country are the manufacturing of creamery products and stock raising, with considerable farming. There is fine hunting and fishing in the Star Valley mountain range adjoining, where are found gold, silver, copper and coal. Afton has good water, good churches, a public school, a complete electric light plant, an extensive creamery ... and many beautiful homes. A daily stage connects with the Oregon Short Line railroad at Montpelier, Idaho, the nearest railroad point. (Wyoming State Business Directory, 1910-11)
Type (DCMI):JPEG
Topic:Footprints of progress. Cazier, S. Edwin. [Afton, Wyoming?] : S. E. Cazier, c1977.; Memories from Star Valley, Wyoming. Cazier, S. Edwin. Salt Lake City : Hawkes Pub., c1978.; Sagebrush Settlements. Christiansen, Cleo. Lovell, Wyo.: Cleo Christiansen, 1967.; Afton, Wyoming : a photo essay, her beginnings and at the new millenium. Stauffer, Alan C. Auburn, Wyo. : Moneywise Publishing, 2002.
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Document ID:11140160

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