Auburn, New York

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Auburn (Áhsku·’[1] in Tuscarora) is a city in Cayuga County, New York, United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 28,574. It is the county seat of Cayuga County[2].

Auburn is home to the Auburn Doubledays minor league baseball team, which is owned by the Auburn Community Owned Non-Profit Baseball Association, Inc.



Early history

The site was called Ahsku by the Tuscarora, an Iroquoian American Indian people who inhabited the area after being pushed to the north by tribes in the Southeast. The region had been Iroquois territory for centuries before European contact and historical records.

Auburn was founded in 1793 by European-Americans, in the post-Revolutionary period of settlement of western New York. The founder John L. Hardenbergh was a veteran of the American Revolution who, like many other migrants, came to the area for the chance of land. He was buried in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery. The community grew up around Hardenbergh's gristmill and sawmill.[3]

Originally known as Hardenbergh's Corners in the town of Aurelius, the settlement was renamed Auburn in 1805 when it became the county seat. Auburn became an incorporated village in 1815, and was chartered as a city in 1848. It was only a few miles from the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825 and allowed local factories to inexpensively ship goods north or south. In 1871, the Southern Central Railroad, financed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad, completed a line primarily to carry coal from Athens, Pennsylvania through Auburn to wharves on Lake Ontario at Fair Haven.[4]

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