compAuburn is located about 15 miles southwest of Topeka. While a “boom town” in the 1850’s and one of the largest cities in the state, the population dwindled when Topeka was chosen to be the capitol because of the railroad and an important ferry site along the Kansas River. Interest in the Auburn area began to grow again in the 1950’s and it is a vital, “self-contained” town today. Auburn is in the Washburn Rural School District.