When gold was discovered in 1848 by miner Claude Chynna the idyllic and inspired city of Auburn was founded. During the gold rush era Auburn was quickly populated by settlers along the Nevada, Sacramento, Auburn Folsom and Foresthill trails which today have become commercial and residential streets that continue to teem with the...
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When gold was discovered in 1848 by miner Claude Chynna the idyllic and inspired city of Auburn was founded. During the gold rush era Auburn was quickly populated by settlers along the Nevada, Sacramento, Auburn Folsom and Foresthill trails which today have become commercial and residential streets that continue to teem with the optimism and beauty of over 150 years ago. Old Town Auburn is a compact maze of intricate streets which boasts over 60 restaurants, bars, unique shops and antique stores.
Today the entirety of the city of Auburn has 12,500 residents within the city limits and an estimated 44,000 population in the greater Auburn area. Homes in Auburn range from Tuscan-style villas to Craftsman homes to classic Victorians in historic Old Auburn. Properties in this area often boast ample acreage for gardeners or horse enthusiasts.
Residents of Auburn enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experiences in the commercial business districts of Downtown, Old Town, Auburn Town Center, and Highway 49. The combined business districts have 49 restaurants to satisfy diverse appetites, specialty clothing and gift stores, antique stores, art galleries, book stores, museums, and wineries. Due to the rich natural beauty and historic charm, Auburn has been the filming locale for such movies as "Overboard," "Phenomenon", "Rocky and Bullwinkle", and "Breakdown".
A city also rich with an appreciation for the arts, Auburn is the home of the Arts Council of Placer County a non-profit organization that sponsors the arts activities throughout the area. The council sponsors the Auburn Art Walk, an annual event which features work from local artists. In addition to fine arts, Auburn is home to the Auburn Symphony which began its 17th successful season in 2007. Other artistic ventures in the community include public art, theatrical arts, music, dance, and all the local artists that exhibit their art work in the many art galleries and businesses.
Not only a city inviting to artists and art-enthusiasts, Auburn is a family-centered town featuring the active Boys and Girls Club and Teen Center in the downtown district in addition to the state-owned and operated Gold Country Fairgrounds and the Auburn Skate Park which is within walking distance from downtown. Auburn Recreation District also sponsors numerous organized sports programs for all ages, which are offered at the recreation center and several recreational parks in the immediate area.
In celebration of its esteemed heritage, Auburn is also home to one of the oldest rodeos in Northern California. The annual Auburn Wild West Stampede attracts hundreds of the nation's top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls to compete for thousands in prize money each year. This two-day event is preceded by a week of celebration including the Miss Auburn Stampede pageant, Jackpot Team Roping and Barrel Racing.