Auburn in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Auburn 1865~Present / The “Loveliest Village”
Only one house was built in the village in the decade after the Civil War, and though the state took over the bankrupt college in 1872, the institution received no state appropriation until 1883. Nevertheless, in 1892, the poorly-funded college pioneered in Alabama by admitting females and fielding the first football team in the region. Other milestones included the introduction of electric lights (1886), telephone (1904), running water from a water tank (1908), a gas pump for the town’s first autos (1909), and silent films (1913). Celebrities who visited the town included: U.S. Presidents James Knox Polk, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt; Confederate President Jefferson Davis; inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright, educator Booker T. Washington, and entertainers Will Rogers, Bob Hope, and Elvis Presley. The remarkable growth of the community and college in recent years requires a new chapter in the town’s history. But the Auburn spirit, celebrated through the years in song and story, survives undiminished in a new era.
By the Treaty of Cusseta (1832), the Creek Tribe relinquished title to East Alabama, but some Creeks resisted until their forcible removal (1832-1836).
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Auburn.
Location. 32° 36.4′ N, 85° 28.854′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on East Magnolia Avenue 0.1 miles east of North College Street (Alabama Route 15), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 129 East Magnolia Avenue, Auburn AL 36830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Auburn - Alabama (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Toomers Corner And The Bank Of Auburn (about 300 feet away); Auburn United Methodist Church Founder's Chapel (about 400 feet away); City Hall (about 600 feet away); Auburn University Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lathe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wittel Dormitory (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Robert Wilton Burton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Auburn.
Also see . . . History of Auburn. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Education • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.