Auburn, Indiana

Auburn, Indiana

Infobox Settlement
official_name = City of Auburn, Indiana
settlement_type = City
nickname = Home of the Classics

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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in the state of Indiana

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Indiana
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = DeKalb
subdivision_type3 = Township
subdivision_name3 = Grant, Union, Keyser, Jackson
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Norman E. Yoder (R)
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area_magnitude = 1 E7
area_total_km2 = 17.2
area_land_km2 = 17.2
area_water_km2 = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 12074
population_density_km2 = 701.0
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
area_total_sq_mi = 6.6
area_land_sq_mi = 6.6
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
elevation_m = 264
elevation_ft = 866
latd = 41 |latm = 21 |lats = 56 |latNS = N
longd = 85 |longm = 3 |longs = 23 |longEW = W
website = []
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 46706
area_code = 260
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 18-02674GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0430334GR|3
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Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,074 at the 2000 census. Founded in 1836 by Wesley Park (1811-1868), the city is the county seat of DeKalb CountyGR|6.


Auburn is located at coor dms|41|21|56|N|85|3|23|W|city (41.365505, -85.056355)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.2 km²), all of it land.

Most of Auburn is located in Union civil township. Portions of Jackson, Keyser and Grant civil townships are also within the city limits.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 12,074 people, 4,927 households, and 3,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,816.2 people per square mile (701.0/km²). There were 5,258 housing units at an average density of 790.9/sq mi (305.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.71% White, 0.35% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 4,927 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,762, and the median income for a family was $52,687. Males had a median income of $38,007 versus $24,414 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,945. About 2.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Auburn is governed by an elected mayor and seven-member common council and a three-member board of public works and safety consisting of the mayor and two others appointed by the mayor. A list of persons who have served as mayor appears in the table below.

Mayors of Auburn Term(s)
Donald A. Garwood1900-1902
Thomas H. Sprott1902-1904
James W.Y. McClellan 1904-1906 1914-1918
George O. Dennison1906-1910
Hugh Culbertson1910-1914
Eli C. Walker1910-1922
Warren Lige1922-1935
Lodi E. Potter1935-1948
Hal E. Hoham1949-1952
H. Gerald Oren1952-1964
Clarren L. Boger1964-1968
Donald M. Allison1968-1972
John L. Foley1972-1976
Jesse A. ("Jack") Sanders1976-1984
Burtis L. Dickman1984-1992
Norman N. Rohm1992-2000
Norman E. Yoder2000- present


Radio Stations

*1570 AM WGLL -- religious
*106.7 FM WFGA -- studios in Auburn, transmitter in Hicksville, Ohio

Television Stations

*7 W07CL -- 3ABN


*"The Evening Star"


Most of Auburn lies in the DeKalb County Central United School District - [] . Public schools serving Auburn are:

*James R. Watson Elementary School - [] ;
*McKenney-Harrison Elementary School - [] ;
*DeKalb Middle School
*DeKalb High School - [] .

There is also a K-12 private school:
*Lakewood Park Christian School

Events and sites of interest

Auburn is the location of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, held each Labor Day weekend, and of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States. Both are National Historic Landmarks. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival with the Kruse International auction, is said to host the world's largest automotive auction. These automotive-related events are the legacy of the fact that the Auburn Automobile Company, which went out of business in the late 1930s, had its headquarters and a factory in Auburn. Other museums located near Auburn include the Hoosier Air Museum, the Kruse Automotive and Carriage Museum and the World War II Victory Museum. Auburn also hosts the annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, a six-day event usually held in the last week of September.

Auburn was also home to early automobile company DeSoto in 1913. This company has no connection with the DeSoto that was manufactured by Chrysler.

Notable natives & former residents

*Gordon Buehrig (1904-1990), automobile designer, lived in Auburn for two years while designing the 1935-1936 Auburn Speedster and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery.
*Errett Lobban Cord (1894-1974), industrialist, lived in Auburn while running the Auburn Automobile Company.
*Will Cuppy (1884-1949), humorist and journalist, was born in Auburn, graduated from Auburn High School and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
* [ Charles Eckhart] (1841-1915), industrialist and philanthropist, founded the Eckhart Carriage Company, predecessor of the Auburn Automobile Company, and was Prohibition Party candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1900. He lived in Auburn from 1874 until his death and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
*James I. Farley (1871-1948), member of US House of Representatives, 1933-1939, lived in Auburn while an executive of the Auburn Automobile Company and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
*Don Lash (1912-1994), track and field champion who won the 1938 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States, graduated from Auburn High School in 1933.
* [ Charles A.O. McClellan] (1835-1898), member of US House of Representatives, 1889-1892, lived in Auburn and practiced law there.
* [ Mark Shaw] (b. 1945), attorney, author and network television personality, was born in Auburn and graduated from Auburn High School.
*Rollie Zeider (1883-1967), major league baseball player, 1910-1918, played for Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Chi-Feds, Chicago Whales and Chicago Cubs. He grew up in Auburn and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

City logo

The official city logo, pictured at right, is based on the logo of the former Auburn Automobile Company. The company went out of business in the 1930s. The municipality began using the logo in the 1980s. The city's official nickname is '"Home of the Classics,"' a reference to the "classic" automobiles once manufactured there.

Other facts

*The acts that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in "Stump v. Sparkman", 435 U.S. 349 (1978), the leading American case on judicial immunity, took place in Auburn in 1971.
*On June 28, 1988, four workers were asphyxiated at a local metal-plating plant in the worst confined-space industrial accident in U.S. history; a fifth victim died two days later. [ [ Joseph A. Kinney and William G. Mosley, "Death on the Job," "The Multinational Monitor", April 1990, v. 11, no. 4] , citing a report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.]
*The Auburn Rubber Company, which operated in Auburn from 1935 to 1959 was one of America's largest manufacturers of rubber toys.


External links

* [ City of Auburn]
* [ DeKalb County Central United School District]
* [ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum]
* [ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival]
* [ WWII Victory Museum]
* [ Hoosier Air Museum]
* [ Kruse Automotive and Carriage Museum]
* [ DeKalb Visitors Bureau]

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