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Afton
Main Street Afton with antler arch
Main Street Afton with antler arch
Location of Afton in Lincoln County, Wyoming.
Location of Afton in Lincoln County, Wyoming.
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Lincoln
Area
 • Total 4.45 sq mi (11.51 km2)
 • Land 4.44 sq mi (11.50 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
6,240 ft (1,902 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,911
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,041
 • Density 459.79/sq mi (177.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83110
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-00245
GNIS feature ID 1597691

Afton is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 1,911 at the 2010 census.

Afton is home to the world's largest arch made of elk antlers. Spanning 75 feet (23 m) across the four lanes of U.S. Highway 89, the arch consists of 3,011 elk antlers and weighs 15 tons.

History

Afton was founded by Mormon settlers along the Lander cutoff of the Oregon Trail.

Geography

Afton is the largest city in Star Valley, a grassland valley in forested mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.18 square miles (10.83 km2), all of it land.

A periodic spring is Afton's main water supply, which cycles on and off during the summer, fall, and winter at 12 to 18 minute intervals. During the spring the flow never stops due to increased water supply from the melting snowpack. At full flow the Intermittent Spring discharges up to 285 gallons per second. It is located 5 miles east of Afton, a short hike from the end of Swift Creek Road.

Climate

Climate data for Afton, Wyoming
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 28.0
(-2.22)
33.4
(0.78)
41.2
(5.11)
51.8
(11)
63.4
(17.44)
72.8
(22.67)
81.6
(27.56)
80.7
(27.06)
71.2
(21.78)
59.1
(15.06)
40.5
(4.72)
29.6
(-1.33)
54.4
(12.44)
Average low °F (°C) 4.5
(-15.28)
7.9
(-13.39)
15.1
(-9.39)
24.2
(-4.33)
31.8
(-0.11)
37.8
(3.22)
42.4
(5.78)
41.0
(5)
33.6
(0.89)
25.2
(-3.78)
16.0
(-8.89)
6.6
(-14.11)
23.9
(-4.5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.4
(36)
1.2
(30)
1.3
(33)
1.6
(41)
2.1
(53)
1.9
(48)
1.2
(30)
1.2
(30)
1.5
(38)
1.4
(36)
1.4
(36)
1.4
(36)
17.6
(447)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 570
1920 796 39.6%
1930 807 1.4%
1940 1,211 50.1%
1950 1,319 8.9%
1960 1,337 1.4%
1970 1,290 −3.5%
1980 1,481 14.8%
1990 1,394 −5.9%
2000 1,818 30.4%
2010 1,911 5.1%
2019 (est.) 2,041 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,911 people, 703 households, and 496 families living in the town. The population density was 457.2 inhabitants per square mile (176.5/km2). There were 855 housing units at an average density of 204.5 per square mile (79.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2%.

Of the 703 households 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.2% of households were one person and 10.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the town was 33 years. 32% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Education

Public education in the town of Afton is provided by Lincoln County School District #2. Zoned campuses include Afton Elementary School (grades K-3), Osmond Elementary School (grades 4–6), Thayne Elementary School (grades K-3), Etna Elementary School (grades 4–6), Star Valley Middle School (grades 7–8), and Star Valley High School (grades 9–12).

Afton has a public library, a branch of the Lincoln County Public Library System.

Notable people

  • Rulon Gardner (b. 1971), Gold medalist in the 2000 Summer Olympics, bronze medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling, 97–130 kg
  • Velma Linford (1907–2002), Educator, politician

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