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Auburn is part of the greater Sacramento metropolitan area and is known for its California Gold Rush History and its registration as a California Historical Landmark. The city is home to the Auburn State Recreation Area. This park is home to more endurance sporting events than any other place in the world, giving Auburn the title Endurance Capital of the World. The city also holds the county seat in Placer County.
In 1848, a group of gold miners discovered what would eventually be called the Auburn Ravine. Originally, headed for Coloma, California, the miners discovered gold in the ravine and decided to stay to prospect and mine the area. The area soon developed into a mining camp and was given the name Auburn in 1849. By 1849, the mining operations had moved up from the ravine to the area that is now present day Auburn. In 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad reached Auburn as it was being built from Sacramento to Ogden, Utah. Today, the restored town features many buildings from the 19th century including houses, retail buildings and the fire station and post office.
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