Yesterday afternoon Mike and I decided to take a short trip over to Auburn, Alabama. When you think of Auburn, Alabama you just naturally think Auburn University. In fact the city of Auburn is mainly the campus itself.
Auburn was founded in 1856 as a male college. It wasn’t until 1872 that it became the first land grant- college in the south and was called Agriculture and Mechanical College of Alabama. It was also once referred to as Alabama Polytechnic Institute and wasn’t known as Auburn University until 1960.
The last enrollment number (that I could find) was for the fall of 2010 of 25,078 students. There are 140 degrees offered with 13 different schools and colleges for undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It is quite large and in this part of the country….quite well known.
When you go there you immediately are met with the orange and blue colors and very large paw prints on the roads and store fronts. You know immediately you are in “Tiger Country.”
It was a beautiful day with an every so very faint feel of fall in the air. Maybe that was just the absence of humidity I was feeling but whatever it was it felt great!! There were many folks just taking in the campus “feel” and of course there were the students that will call this awesome place their home for at least 4 years, some may be on the five year plan.
We quickly found one of favorites places to eat….The Mellow Mushroom. The wait was almost 30 minutes….must be a favorite of the students as well. In any case, the wait was worth it. The pizza was great and the atmosphere very “War Eagle!” We walk around enjoying the day and took a few pictures. One of the pictures we took was of Jordan-Hare Stadium where the Auburn Tiger football team went on to win the National Championship for 2010! WAR EAGLE!!!!
We had a great day and it was fun seeing parts of the campus and eating at The Mellow Mushroom.