Walsh County, North Dakota


Auburn, North Dakota (Census-designated Place)
Founded: March 26, 1883
Peak Population: 240 in 1890
Original Location: S 1/2 Sec. 25-158-54, Glenwood Twp.
Moved Location: NW 1/4 Sec. 14-158-153 (Auburn Station), Farmington Twp., in 1884.
Other Names: Auburn Station

“AUBURN was a farm post office established March 26, 1883, with Donald McKenzie as postmaster. It was located in S1/2 Sec. 25-158-54, Glenwood Twp., five miles NW of Grafton, and named for Auburn, Ontario, Canada, which was named for Auburn, Yorkshire, England, a city featured in Oliver Goldsmith’s poem The Deserted Village. In 1884, the post office moved four miles NE to AUBURN STATION in NW 1/4 Sec. 14-158-153, Farmington Twp. This place became generally known as AUBURN. An initial boom resulted in a population of 240 in 1890, but all census reports since 1920 have been under 100. The post office closed March 31, 1943, with mail to Grafton. Harley Ralph Kingsbury, a long time state legislator, was born in Auburn in 1913.” 2

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