In the spring of 1879 a group of pioneers from Bear Lake settled here. Moses Thatcher
explored the area, dedicated it as a home for the Latter Day Saints, calling it Star Valley.
Freedom and Auburn settled in 1879 and Afton in 1885. The first public building was
located on this square. A log house with dirt roof served the settlers as a church,
shool, and public meeting place from 1886 to 1892 when it was replaced by a large
frame building. The bell on this monument calling the people together could be heard throughout the valley.