A Short History of Auburn, Indiana

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Brief History of Auburn

Auburn is a city within and the county seat of DeKalb County, Indiana. Founded by Wesley Park and John Badlam Howe in 1836, the community was established at the intersection of Goshen-Defiance Road and Coldwater Road. It is said that the name of the community came from the first line of "The Deserted Village" poem by Oliver Goldsmith. The plat of the village was held by Howe on April 21, 1836. However, it was not recorded until March 12, 1879. The first lot was purchased by John Drury in 1837, and the first store was built by Thomas Freeman. Early residents of the neighborhood were:

  • Daniel Altenburg
  • David Weave
  • David Shoemaker
  • David Cosper
  • Henry Curtis
  • James Cosper
  • Levi Walsworth
  • Lyman Childsey
  • Samuel Sprott
  • The Sherlock family

In 1839, the first post office was established in the village. In 1849, the Village of Auburn was incorporated into a town. Water and lights were constructed in the town in 1898. Two years later, Auburn became a city. Companies like Auburn Automobile, Auburn Rubber Company and DeSoto automobile company were founded in Auburn in the 1900s. In 1971, the city was the site of the leading American case on judicial immunity of the Stump v. Sparkman. U.S. Supreme Court case. As of the 2010 census, Auburn has a population of 12,731 people. The city is also known as the Home of the Classics.

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Historic Sites

Auburn has a number of establishments and landmarks that are historically significant to the city. This includes the Downton Auburn Historic District, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn Community Mausoleum and the Eckhart Public Library and Park. These historic sites are added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Eckhart Public Library and Park

Eckhart Public Library and Park is a library building and public park in Auburn. Built in 1911, the historic library was designed by Patton & Miller and built by J. Perry Long. It is a two-story, glazed brick building featuring a gable roof and round-arched windows. The building is of the Bungalow and American Craftsman architectural style. The library and park were donated to the city by Charles Eckhart. Today, it serves as one of the four public library s of DeKalb County. In 1918, a fountain was added to the park. On November 20, 1981, the library and park were added to the NRHP. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eckhart Park

Eckhart Park is a city park on South cedar Street in Auburn. Offering recreational space for residents and visitors of the city, it provides amenities like two sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, a 0.36-mile loop nature trail, a playground, picnic areas, two picnic shelters, an enclosed pavilion, restrooms and a wonderful view of Cedar Creek. For visitors who are planning on having a birthday party, celebration, reunion or event and have more than 300 attendees, the enclosed pavilion is available for rental. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Auburn Plaza

Auburn Plaza is a shopping mall on West 7th Street in Auburn. It caters to residents and visitors of the city by providing a variety of stores and services that provides regular goods. Occupants of the plaza are Dunham's Sports, Drive Right Academy, Kroger, Peking Buffet, Aaron's, Boost Mobile, Western Union, H&R Block, Glik's, T-Mobile, GNC, Low Bob's Discount Tabacco, and more. Also situated in the outdoor shopping center are food options like Peking Buffet and Starbucks.

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