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The Building Up of Auburn, Alabama's Real Estate

Aug 5, 2008
Auburn, Alabama real estate has been around since the days of the super continent Pangaea. If you live in Auburn, you might be wondering what the story is on the real estate your feet are planted on. Well, hang on tight, because I'm about to tell you!

The Auburn metropolitan area today has a population of over 130,000 people, is home to Auburn University -- one of the largest in the state of Alabama -- and has an economy based on high-tech research and manufacturing. But it wasn't always so.

Auburn's Pre-Revolution History

Auburn's original inhabitants were likely the Muskogee, or Creek, people. The Muskogee then were less of a tribe and more of a loosely knit confederation. They tended to live in river valleys in independent villages.

When the Spaniards first showed up in the 16th century, they claimed Alabama as part of Florida. By the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the French began moving in as well. In 1732, British general and philanthropist James Oglethorpe was granted a portion of Alabama land. Thorpe would eventually make a personal visit to the Muskogee in 1739 and make a treaty with them.

The end of the French and Indian War put an end to France's occupation of Alabama in 1763 with the signing of the Treaty of Cusseta between the American government and the Creek Nation.

Modern History

Auburn wasn't opened for settlement by Americans until 1832. A group led by Judge John Harper, who intended to make Auburn a religious center for the area, were the first settlers to arrive in 1836. Just a few years later, Auburn was incorporated in 1839.

In 1859 a Methodist college offering classical and liberal education was opened. That college would eventually become what is today Auburn University.

The arrival of the Civil War effectively shut Auburn down. Its residents left town. Texas Confederate soldiers set up a hospital, but Auburn saw little combat during the war. With the residents gone and most businesses closed, Auburn's economy was in a depression. It would be late in the 19th century before schools even began to reopen.

A major historical event occurred in 1892 when Auburn University (then called Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College) became the first four-year college in Alabama to admit women. This, combined with the fact that the football team began winning conference championships, helped bring interest back to the city allowing a full recovery from its depression. But fortune would not last long as the Great Depression would soon follow.

However, Auburn's campus was turned into a training area for America's military forces with the nation's entry into World War II. This brought much needed growth back to the city. The city has flourished ever since, providing Auburn, Alabama real estate with rapid growth.
About the Author
Remax Alabama (http://www.remax-alabama.com) specializes in the sales of Auburn, Alabama real estate. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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