"Auburn: Historic with Great Recreational Opps." Top 5 Page for this destination Auburn by TooTallFinn24
Auburn Travel Guide: 61 reviews and 183 photos
Auburn to many folks is just a pit stop on their way from San Francisco or Lake Tahoe because it is where the freeway slows down to allow for busy traffic. However Auburn offers a few interesting things to see and is definitely worth a look to someone searching for the history of the California Gold Rush or who wants to take part in some mountain biking, rafting or endurance racing.
The City of Auburn is home to about 13,500 people and has been the seat of Placer County since 1851.
In 1849 a group of French gold miners first occupied a camp in the nearby Auburn ravine. After finding gold in the area the group decided to remain. The town was first referred to as North Fork Dry Diggings for the gold camp established there but was later changed to Auburn in late 1849.
The picture at the top of the page is the impressive Placer County Courthouse. It was built in a Classic Revival style in 1898 and is three stories. The dome of the courthouse is particularly impressive. The courthouse stands on a hill where according to the docent in the Placer County Museum, which on the first floor, was the site of public hangings, auctions and bull fights in the mid 1800's.
Auburn has an old town with many well preserved buildings dating back to the mid 1800's. The area of Old Town Auburn is fairly compact. It runs up and down Sacramento Street, with spillover onto two adjacent streets running generally east and west.
The City has done a good job preserving the older buildings and during the week at least there was plenty of free parking available. Nearly all the storefronts were occupied and even during my latest visit on a weekday there seemed to be a fair amount of business. See my review of Old Town Auburn here.
Sitting on the westerly portion of the old town area is the concrete state of a 49er miner. The statue is of Claud Chana who discovered gold nearby from Auburn in 1848. According to roadsideamerica.com the statue weighs 45 tons and was constructed by Dr. Ken Fox at the request of the town back in the early 1970's. For more on Ken Fox see my things to do list entitled, "Ken Fox's statues."
What in my mind makes Auburn so compelling is the range of recreational activities that are so close by. Just 2-3 miles east of town is the Auburn State Recreational Area offers an incredible array of recreational opportunities including hiking, running, rafting, mountain biking, and endurance racing. The area is so immensely popular as an area for mountain running that Auburn has been dubbed the endurance capital of the world. The scenery with the deep ravines and two rivers is also a pleasant drive as well as the other options that are offered.
Please see the review on "Auburn State Recreational Area and Foresthill Bridge here."
- Pros:Historic, Unparalled Recreational Opportunities
- Cons:Touristy, Driving in Town Can Be Tough
- In a nutshell:Get off the Road and Take a Bike, Hike or Raft
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