US Facts       Footsteps of History       It Happened Here      
Mottos, Slogans and Nicknames       Noted Notables


Welcome To KEY TO THE CITY's Page For
Cayuga County, New York


"Pax et Labor"
meaning in Latin, Peace and Work

Page Contents for Auburn, New York

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

Statistics & Facts

The New York state capital is Albany.
The population of Auburn is approximately 31,258 (1990), 27687 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 12,682 (1990), 11691 (2010).
The amount of land area in Auburn is 21.727 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.099 sq kilometers.
The distance from Auburn to Washington DC is 278 miles.
The distance to the New York state capital is 148 miles. (as the crow flies)
Auburn is positioned 42.93 degrees north of the equator and 76.56 degrees west of the prime meridian.


southwest of Syracuse in western New York. Nearby communities include Fleming, Sennett, Skaneateles, Skaneateles Falls, Owasco and Cayuga.
Return to Index

History & History Related Items

Auburn was first settled in 1793 by John L. Hardenbergh, his infant daughter and two slaves, Harry and Kate Freeman. His settlement along the banks of the Owasco River was known originally as "Hardenbergh's Corners." A state prison provided cheap labor for numerous local industries. Auburn Theological Seminary, founded in 1818, also played an important role in shaping the character of the village, which adopted the name Auburn about 1806. Auburn was chartered as a village in 1815 and as a city in 1848. Its prominent citizens include Enos T. Throop, an early governor of New York State; William H. Seward, a governor of New York State and secretary of state in the administration of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson; Abner Doubleday, a Civil War figure, for whom the Auburn Doubledays baseball team is named; United States Senator Roscoe Conkling; Harriet Tubman; Samuel Blatchford, a justice of the United States Supreme Court; Allen Welch Dulles, first civilian director of the Central Intelligence Agency; John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State in the Eisenhower administration; Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., who was born in Auburn in 1918; author Samuel Hopkins Adams; Theodore W. Case, inventor of sound-on-film technology; Tony-award winning choreographer Thommie Walsh; and Marijane Meaker, who writes award-winning fiction for young adults under the pseudonym M.E. Kerr. The homes of Tubman, Seward and Case are museums of which the city is very proud. Auburn State Prison was the site of the first execution by electrocution (1890), and the assassin of President William McKinley died in the electric chair at Auburn.
Return to Index

Contribute information for this community or any other community on the Key To TheCity website

Be sure to include the name of the community and its state when contacting Key to the City as you are NOT directly contacting this community.

Thanks for visiting Key to the City. Come back again! Soon!

The information on Key to the City is from multiple sources including government, commerce, libraries, individuals and organizations. There is no guarantee of the accuracy or timeliness of the information presented on these pages, therefore, please use at your own risk.

Search Key to the City
Custom Search
or Search anywhere on the Web
Custom Search