Auburn University is very important to the city of Auburn and sports is very important to the university. There is a Sports Walk of Fame along College Street honoring sports stars of the university (not sure why Bob wasn't there). You may recognize the name of the guy in Photo 3.
In addition to Toomer Oaks (used to be), Toomer Drugstore there was another famous building on Toomer Corners. Businessman and former Senator Sheldon Toomer also started the Bank of Auburn here in 1907.
Perhaps the most historic church in Auburn is the Auburn United Methodist Church. It was established in 1836 by Judge John Harper and a couple of the other founders of the town. This congregation was instrumental in getting Auburn University started. Beautiful building too.
Auburn has a few districts with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. The university has several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places as does the Old Main and Church Street Historic District. There are also other buildings scattered through the town on the register.
Auburn University was established in 1856 as East Alabama Male College. It went bankrupt and was taken over by the state in 1872 which did not provide any funding until 1883. Auburn has grown, however to become one of the most respected universities in the south and a powerhouse in football. Auburn started the first college football team in the region in 1892, the same year they first admitted women. They also led the area in obtaining running water, electricity, and a gas pump for automobiles. Today the campus is a beautiful attraction for tourists and provides an excellent education for students. Amongst the architecturally significant buildings are Stamford Hall (named after a formet Alabama Governor) and Hargis Hall.
The best time to see Auburn is on a football weekend. It is the time when the town really comes alive. Scalping tickets is legal but expect to pay above face value for games against certain teams (Tennesee, Georgia, Alabama). Being a part of the excitement and tradition of an Auburn football game is something you have to experience. By the way, be an Auburn Tiger, but yell WAR EAGLE. You may not understand it but just do it for the experience.
toomer's corner is the intersection of college & magnolia streets in downtown auburn. toomer's corner is named after toomer's drug store which still exists today. toomer's corner is where the campus of auburn university meets downtown and is a party spot after auburn athletic events. the oak trees in the picture get covered with toilet paper after an auburn win. toomer's corner is in the center of auburn's night time entertainment area. an update: in 2010 alabama fan harvey updyke poisoned two of the 130 year old oak trees that have provided shade to this corner since 1881. updyke's reason was that he was upset over auburn's 28-27 win over alabama in the 2010 iron bowl. updyke later bragged about his dispicable act on a birmingham radio show. updyke has since been arrested and is awaiting trial.
jordon hare stadium is home to the auburn tigers college football team and is the most popular attraction of auburn. the stadium is named after ralph "shug" jordon and cliff hare. jordon was auburn's all time most winningest football coach and hare was a member of auburn's first football team. the original jordon hare stadium was built in 1939 with a seating capacity of 7,290. today the seating capacity is 87,451. the town of auburn's population is 56,000 so on auburn football weekends the population of the town almost doubles. for ticket information see the attached web site.
the jule collins smith museum of fine art is located on college street about 1/2 mile south of the auburn campus. the museum has a large collection of modern art as well as hosting traveling collections from museums around the country. the museum also has a theater for movies, lectures, and music concerts. for those interested in art the jule collins smith museum of fine art is a worth while place to visit when in auburn.
the vast majority of visitors to auburn come to see, work, or study at auburn university. auburn university dominates the economy of the town of auburn. the college was founded in 1856 and was called east alabama male college. during the civil war the college was closed and the campus was used as a training ground for the confederate army. east alabama male college reopened in 1866. in 1872 the college was renamed the agricultural and mechanical college of alabama. in 1892 the college became the first four year coeducational college in alabama and was renamed the alabama polytechic institute. in 1960 the college was renamed auburn university. pictured is samford hall which built in 1888 and was named after alabama governor william j. samford. auburn university has a beautiful campus with a number of architectually significant buildings.
Auburn University has a lovely campus, as many US university have. Located in a nice green area, surrounded by trees and bushes of azaleas, it's a real pleasure to take a stroll on a spring afternoon.
East Alabama Male College on May 6, 1856, under the guidance of the Methodist Church., Auburn is now the largest university in Alabama with about 22.000 students enrolled.
The most recognizable of its building is Samford Hall, where the university administration is located.
Built in 1888-90 and renovated in 1971, the building is a successor to the first "Old Main" that occupied the site. The original building, which was the first at the old East Alabama Male College, burned in 1887. Samford Hall is named for William James Samford, Alabama's 31st governor, who was from Lee County and was a student at the East Alabama Male College before the Civil War.
The Holy Innocents Chapel was built in 1886 and is part of the Old Main and Church Street Historic District.