Aulne, Kansas

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Aulne, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Aulne, Kansas is located in Kansas
Aulne, Kansas
Aulne, Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°16′34″N 97°4′36″W / 38.27611°N 97.07667°W / 38.27611; -97.07667Coordinates: 38°16′34″N 97°4′36″W / 38.27611°N 97.07667°W / 38.27611; -97.07667[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County Marion
Platted 1887
Elevation[1] 1,407 ft (429 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-03400 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0477370 [1]
W i k i p e d i a

Aulne is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Kansas, United States.[1] The Aulne name was suggested by officials of the railroad when it was built through Aulne.[2]

History[edit]

1915 Railroad Map of Marion County

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was founded.

In 1872, a railroad contractor, named Col. W. Sherburn, decided the location would be good location for a town and named it after himself, Sherburn, but it was too early and never used.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Aulne to Caldwell.[3] It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, and finally merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

A post office existed in Aulne from August 19, 1887 to February 28, 1954.

Geography[edit]

Aulne is located at 38°16′24″N 97°4′36″W / 38.27333°N 97.07667°W / 38.27333; -97.07667 (38.2761266, -97.0766933),[1] roughly half way between Marion and Peabody next to the Union Pacific Railroad.

Area attractions[edit]

  • Aulne United Methodist Church, north-east corner of 140th St and Pawnee Rd.
  • 1890 Marion County Poor Farm (asylum), 1 mi west, 2.1 mi north. Large 3-story limestone house, now privately owned house, occasional tours by appointment. Darren E. Burrows lived here briefly as a child. Indigent, and somewhat "incompetent" people would live here with adult supervision, work the land, raise their own food, and earn their keep. Unwed pregnant girls could stay there until they delivered their babies, which were put up of adoption. The asylum was self-sustaining for a number of years, even paying taxes to the county.[4][5][6]
  • Marion Reservoir, approximately 7 miles north of Aulne.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Aulne is part of Unified School District 408.[7][8] The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.[9] All students attend schools in Marion.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 56 is 5.75 miles (9.25 km) to the north, and U.S. Route 77 is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of the community. The Oklahoma Kansas Texas (OKT)[10] line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through the community.

Utilities[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Marion County

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