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Afton in Lincoln County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Mormons in Star Valley

 
 
Mormons in Star Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Mormons in Star Valley Marker
Inscription. First Mormons of record in the valley were 40 emigrants, miners from England, employed in 1858 by F.W. Lander to work on the Lander Cut-Off of the Pacific Wagon Road. By 1870 Church cattle were summer pastured in the valley. In 1879 the Church directed the colonization of the valley. In August 1880 apostles Moses Thatcher and Charles C. Rich renamed Salt River Valley to Star Valley and dedicated it for settlement by organizing a branch of the Bear Lake Stake with Charles Drake Cazier as president with 21 members in 5 households in the valley. 1880 census shows 45 persons in the valley. 1900 census shows 2,219. In 1892 the Star Valley Stake was formed with 7 Wards. The Rock Meeting House in Auburn was built in the winter of 1889 and the Tabernacle in Afton in 1905. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Sesquicentennial year 1997 there exists the Afton and Thayne Stakes. There are 15 wards including Smoot, Osmond, Fairview, Salt River, Afton 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Grover, Auburn, Bedford, Thayne 1st and 2nd, Freedom and Etna/Alpine, with a combined membership of 6,214. Welcome to Star Valley. (Isaiah 2:2)
 
Location. 42° 43.593′ N, 110° 55.655′ W. Marker is in Afton, Wyoming, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Jefferson Street near East 3rd Avenue
Mormons in Star Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Mormons in Star Valley Marker
The marker is below the bell tower in the shadow of the tree on the right.
, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Jefferson Street, Afton WY 83110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Star Valley (a few steps from this marker); Osmond (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lander Cut-off of the Oregon Trail (approx. 10.1 miles away); Wyoming's Wildlife (approx. 11.6 miles away); Agriculture under the Stars (approx. 11.6 miles away); First Post Office (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Aston LDS Tabernacle image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
3. Aston LDS Tabernacle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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