Afton, Wyoming

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Afton is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 1,818 at the 2000 census. Afton is home to the world's largest elk horn arch. Spanning 75 feet (23 m) across the four lanes of US Highway 89, the arch consists of 3,011 elk antlers and weighs 15 tons.

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History

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

Geography

Afton is located at 42°43′42″N 110°55′45″W / 42.72833°N 110.92917°W / 42.72833; -110.92917 (42.728321, -110.929041)[3] at 6,267 feet (1,910 m) in elevation. It 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 3.4 square miles (8.9 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 Periodic 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.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,818 people, 651 households, and 475 families residing in the town. The population density was 530.8 people per square mile (204.6/km²). There were 769 housing units at an average density of 224.5/sq mi (86.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.19% White, 0.06% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.94% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.81% of the population.

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