Backroads America: Auburn, ND

When The Railroad Passes By

In 1883, a post office was established in Auburn, an unincorporated community in Walsh County, North Dakota. Founded on the windswept prairie in the northeast corner of North Dakota, Auburn is about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. At one time Auburn had two hotels, a hardware store, a general store, seven saloons, a school, a church, a saddle maker, and many other businesses. In the winter of 1888/89, much of the business area was destroyed by fire. With the construction of the railroad, business activity shifted to nearby Grafton, and the town’s population dwindled. The post office remained in operation until 1943.  As of the 2010 census, the population was 48. Ancestors of one of my sisters-in-law helped settle Auburn and farmed in the area. Her family still has a house in Auburn and farm land in the surrounding countryside.

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It is sad to set small towns due but some of it is inevitable, roads and railroads not always the cause. It is hard to sustain business when people want to shop at Walmart.

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There are so many small towns that have faded away, either when the railroad passed them by or when a freeway passed them by. I think the third picture is a potato storage facility, though it might be a grain elevator. They grew lots of potatoes in the area, the Red River Valley, which is extremely flat;.

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