So, after coming home from Stark-Vegas, Alabama plays Louisiana-Monroe as a warm up for the Iron Bowl against Auburn. The 2007 edition of the Iron Bowl will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This game should be a fairly crazy one with not only the addition of Nick Saban, but also the fact that the game will be held on Thanksgiving Weekend. Hopefully, this one will go our way.
The first settlers arrived in the winter of 1836 from Harris County, Georgia. They intended to build a town that would be the religious and educational center for the newly settled area. In 1856, the state legislature chartered a Methodist college, the East Alabama Male College in Auburn. This college, now Auburn University, opened its doors in 1859. The college was turned over to the state in 1872, and was renamed Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College with a new mission as a land grant college. After the U.S.A. entered World War II, Auburn’s campus was turned into a training ground for technical specialists in the U.S armed forces. After the war, Auburn was filled with soldiers returning to school on the G.I. Bill. Auburn began a period of growth that lasted through the 1950s and 1960s due to this increase of students. Construction of Interstate 85, beginning in 1957, connected Auburn to the major cities of the state. This allowed for Auburn University (renamed in 1960) to schedule more home football games in Auburn rather than in larger cities around the state. This created the strong tourism component in Auburn’s economy.
Places of Interest
If you want to enjoy the great outdoors with the family, a visit to Chewacla State Park. The park facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground and picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. There are entrance fees, but the prices are relatively low.
Golf enthusiasts should check out Grand National on the Robert Trent Jones Trail, if you haven’t already. I know this isn’t what you might view as the first place to visit during Iron Bowl weekend, but I do think it is a good place to check out no matter, game or no game. I’ve been told many times that this is one of the better courses on the RTJ Trail.
For those of you who are looking for a place to visit close to the campus, Toomer’s Drugstore, located on (you guessed it) Toomer’s Corner. This is Auburn’s best known location, where they roll everything in site after a win. They are also famous for their lemonade and ice-cream fountain drinks.
The Tiger Trail might interest some people. It is a walk of fame that goes through campus and downtown. It honors past students, athletes, and coaches. I know many of you aren’t Auburn fans, it is probably a good tour through the campus and Downtown Auburn.
Food, Drinks, & Nightlife
If you are looking to eat at a popular Auburn landmark, try Mama Goldberg’s Deli on the corner of Magnolia Road and Donahue Drive. This run-down shack conceals some of the best sandwiches in town. A few of my Auburn friends suggest “Momma’s Love all the way,” which is a sandwich naturally.
If buffalo wings are something you desire, check out The Buffalo Connection on the corner of Wire Road and Shug Jordan Parkway. The prices are good and the place is pretty popular amongst the students, who call it “BuffCon.”
Pizza lovers will be very happy after they visit the Brick Oven Pizza Company on Gay Street. Not only is the pizza good, but they serve beer and wine as well. Eat on the patio if the weather is nice.
Formerly a restaurant called The Hungry Hunter, The Highlands is now one of the largest bars in town. This place doesn’t have as much of a college atmosphere as other bars in town, but it still does pretty well. They provide live music and are located on Opelika Highway between Dean Road and Shug Jordan Parkway.
Also under the same ownership as The Highlands, SkyBar Cafe is a fairly new and popular spot. The bar attracts the younger crowd, although older students enjoy it as well. They also provide live music and are located on Magnolia near College Street in downtown Auburn.
Many consider The War Eagle Supper Club to be an Auburn classic. Supper Club is a different kind of place. It draws all crowds and all ages, and is unrivaled for great live music. Supper Club is a “private” bar, so you’ll have to wait in line for a membership card on your first visit. However, that membership gives you the ability to drink until 4am, so often the crowd shows up around 2am, when the downtown bars shut down. I’m guessing that this place is pretty big on the Auburn Tigers based on their names.
Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar is an upscale Italian restaurant located in the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on College Street at Thach Avenue. Ariccia is named after the ancient town of Ariccia, Italy. It is a bit pricey, but I’ve been told it is a great place to take a date.
Other than an unlikely SEC Championship Game and possible Bowl, this is the end of my Bama Roadtrip series. I know I didn’t hit all of the popular places in every city, so feel free to do some investigating of your own. I hope this has proven to be helpful for you. For now, use this video to help you deal with the anticipation of 2007 Alabama football. Roll Tide.