An Author Explains The History of Popular Auburn Street Names
AUBURN AUTHOR SAM HENDRIX IS CURRENTLY WRITNG A BOOK THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE RICH HISTORY BEHIND AUBURN STREET NAMES
Sam Hendrix is a second generation Auburn graduate, who grew up in North Alabama and has lived in Auburn since 1981.
He spent his career on campus: several years in public relations with an office in Samford Hall and the final 14 years as a development officer with the college of veterinary medicine.
Hendrix has published two books already, A History of the Auburn church of Christ and a biography of Dr. Charles Allen Cary, the founding dean of of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
His next book will be an encyclopedic account of the people, events and stories that have shaped the loveliest village (Nickname for the city of Auburn) from 1836 to the twenty-first century.
In his research, he noticed most streets were named after people who played a major role in contributing to the development of Auburn.
He then decided to document the history behind each name, thus leading him on a tour into the past.
This tour was filled with a treasure trove of rich stories, featuring the origins of Toomer’s Drug store, how a jack-of-all trades citizen hoisted the bell to the top of Samford Hall, or how the poet laureate of Auburn became the owner of a well known book store.
These stories and more will be in the upcoming book.
Hendrix plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of the Street Names book to a fund that will enable under served youth from the city of Auburn to attend academic camps held on the Auburn campus.