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Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA

"Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co, N.Y., is on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, where it crosses the Lehigh Valley Railroad, 77 miles E.S.B. of Rochester, 173 miles W. by N. of Albany, and 31 miles S. of Oswego. It is built on both sides of the outlet of Owasco Lake, which lies 23 miles S.S.E. of the city. The site is undulating, or moderately uneven, and the streets present some deviations from a rectangular plan. Some of the streets are lined with elegant residences and beautiful gardens and shrubberies. The principal public buildings, hotels, and places of business are on Genesee street. They are mostly built of stone or brick. Auburn is the site of a state prison,—a large stone building enclosed by a high wall. The convicts (about 1200 in number) are employed in various mechanic arts and manufactures. Within the same enclosure is located one of the New York state insane hospitals. The Auburn Theological Seminary, which was founded in 1821, is richly endowed, and is under the direction of the Presbyterians. It has an annual attendance of about 50 students, and a library of 11,000 volumes. The Auburn Academic High School, founded in 1866 (new building, 1890, costing $90,000), has an annual attendance of about 250 pupils male and female. Auburn has 10 public schools, a court-house, 1 private and 2 national banks, 16 churches, a state armory, academy cf music, and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and 5 weekly newspapers. Among the churches of Auburn 3 are Baptist, 1 Disciple, 2 Episcopal, 3 Catholic, 3 Methodist, 4 Presbyterian, and 1 Universalist. The chief industries are manufactures of iron, carpets, woollen goods, flour, &c., for which the outlet affords motive-power. There is also a manufactory of reapers and mowing-machines, said to be the most extensive in the Union. The statesman Wm. H. Seward resided for many years in this city, and was buried here. Pop. in 1880, 21,924; in 1890, 25,858."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
J.B. Lippincott, 1895

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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    William H. Seward house - Auburn, New York
  • 1836 - October 6 - A second early season snowstorm produced 26 inches at Auburn, NY

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  • News 1854 - Convicts and Religion
    Examinations made at Auburn, New York, showed that out of nine hundred convicts, only forty-seven had ever been in a Sabbath School, and that of...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    AUBURN, the cap. of Cayuga co., in the state of New York, U. S., 173 m. W of Albany, on the outlet of Owasco lake, Pop. 5,626. There is a...Read MORE...


  • 1860 - December 28 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

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    Harriet Tubman house - Auburn, New York
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Harriet Tubman marker - Auburn, New York
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    American Hotel in Auburn, NY where George W. Salisbury and Caroline Smith were married -- believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad -- Source: Unknown
  • News 1869 - Emma A. Ridley, of Auburn, N. Y., was struck by lightning and instantly killed,
    the other day, while standing at a table ironing. No injury was done to the house.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869

  • News 1869 - Seward Trip
    Hon. William H. Seward, accompanied by Hon. Frederick W. Seward and lady, and Abijah Fitch, Esq., of Auburn, N.Y., have started out on a tour of some ...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Boiler Explosion at Auburn - A Building Demolished and One Man Killed
    AUBURN, N. Y., Sept. 20. - The steam boiler in T. R. STALKER's planing-mill exploded at 6 o'clock this morning completely demolishing the large brick ...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Planing Mill Fire
    AUBURN, N. Y., Aug. 19. - At 12 o'clock last night a fire broke out in the sash and blind factory and planing-mill of EVARTS BROS. The building,...Read MORE...


  • News 1877 - Printers are upstanding citizens?
    There are only three printers confined in Auburn, New York, prison. Among the convicts can be found twenty-seven clergymen, forty-two lawyers and...Read MORE...


  • 1879 - Auburn
    IN 1815, Auburn was the largest village in Central or Western New York. Rochester and Syracuse had not then been incorporated as villages, Buffalo...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Engine and Hose Co. No. 5, Truck A, Fire Department, Auburn, N.Y.
  • News 1880 - Strange Series of Misfortunes
    Daniel Cornwall, of Auburn, New York, was the victim within the twenty-four hours ending at noon yesterday, of a singular series of misfortunes. On...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Auburn, N.Y. - State Street from Genesee Street
  • News 1888 - The doors of the First National Bank of Auburn, N.Y., were closed on the 23d, the result of a defalcation of $200,000 on the part of its cashier, Charles O'Brien, who had fled.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888

  • 1890 - Q. Where was the first person electrocuted for a crime in the United States?
    A. In the State Prison at Auburn, New York, August 6, 1890.


    The Evening Independent
    Massillon, Ohio
    October 23, 1935

  • January 18, 1890?
    A Pleasant Call - Last evening a number of the members of the class of which David Salisbury is a member, of Wall street M. E. Church, called at his...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    City Hall
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Genesee and Market Streets
  • June, 1891 (exact date unknown) - The 111th Survivors
    A Large Delegation From this County Will Go to Gettysburg

    A large number of the survivors of the old 111 Regiment of this county are making active ...Read MORE...


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    Franklin St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Seymour St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Auburn NY - late 1800s
    Source: postcard
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    Lehigh Valley Depot
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    Elks Building
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    First Presbyterian Church
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    South Street
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    The Willard Home, Genesee Street
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    First Baptist Church, Auburn, N. Y.
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Post Office, Auburn, N. Y.
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    North Street, Auburn, N. Y.
  • News 1902 - All Show Improvement - Tult, Salisbury and Farrell Will Probably Recover - The Funeral of Harvey
    George Tult, George Salisbury and James Farrell, the three men who were seriously injured in the elevator accident at D. M. Osborne & Co's are...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - Big Freight Elevator Falls at Osborne's
    One Man Killed and Three Others Injured Yesterday Afternoon

    Lift Dropped From Within Three Feet of the Top and Men Were Thrown Beneath Mower...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Fulton Street School
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Lakeside Park
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    High School, 1907
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    Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
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    Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907
  • News 1910 - BEST REUNION YET - Ranks of 111th Are Thinning but Old Spirit Is There
    WITH OLD COMMANDER AGAIN
    Hospitality of MacDougall Home to Be Extended to Survivors Next Year

    The survivors of the One Hundred and Eleventh...Read MORE...


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    Old Ladies' Home
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    Auburn Prison
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    South Street
  • News 1911 - Joseph Nash was put to death in the electric chair at Auburn, New York, yesterday for murdering his son-in-law. Nash was a prominent citizen of Waterloo, N. Y.

    The Caucasian
    Clinton, North Carolina
    May 4, 1911

  • News 1912 - MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN DIE WHEN FIREWORKS EXPLODE.
    ONE OTHER IS KILLED OUTRIGHT - SMALL GIRL VICTIM DIES AT THE HOSPITAL.

    SEVERAL HOUSES WRECKED.

    FIREWORKS STORED IN AUBURN RESIDENCE EXPLODE...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Harriet Tubman's grave - Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man Believed in the Woods - Sherman S. Salisbury Who Disappeared at Malone. May Be Mentally Unbalanced.
    Watertown - Feb. 5 - John M. Hyde, head of the Black River Paper & Manufacturing Company, by which Sherman S. Salisbury of Auburn was employed as ...Read MORE...


  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man is Located in Adirondacks - Sherman S. Salisbury Employed at Lumber Camp, Mr. Wallace Informs Friends
    AUBURN - Feb. 8 - Sherman S. Salisbury of No. 17 Mary street in this city, reported to have been missing from Watertown for nearly four months, is in ...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Fire Department, 1914
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    Case Memorial Library
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Osborne House
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    Owasco Road
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    New Seward School
  • 1916
    Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co., N.Y., is on the New York Central and Hudson River R., where it crosses the Lehigh Valley R., 173 miles...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Country Club on Owasco Lake
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Corner, South and Exchange Streets
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    St. Mary's Church
  • News 1922 - AUBURN LANDMARK BURNED. Cayuga County Courthouse Destroyed With a Loss of $200,000.
    AUBURN, N. Y., April 30 - The Cayuga County Courthouse was destroyed by fire of unknown origin this afternoon. The building was a handsme [sic]...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Hoops Park
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Cayuga County Court House
  • 1989 - This week in history… 75 Years Ago…
    Jan 28, 1914: George W. Salisbury, 1 1/ 2 Lewis St., is the proud owner of a file of the "Free Press", a paper which was printed in Auburn's early...Read MORE...




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