Auburn was originally incorporated as Slaughter, Washington after Lt. William Slaughter, who died in a skirmish fighting Native Americans which are now a part of the modern day Muckleshoot Tribe in 1855. At the time, the main hotel in town was called the "Slaughter House." In 1893, a large group of settlers from Auburn New York, moved to Slaughter, and renamed the town to "Auburn.
Auburn is centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma in the heart of the Green River Valley with easy access to the best of both cities.
Auburn is about one hour from Mt. Rainier, Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie Ski Area. It also has an extensive system of parks, open space and urban trails consisting of 28 developed parks, over 23 miles of trails (including Auburn's 4.5 mile portion of the Interurban Trail for bikers, walkers, runners and skaters), and almost 247 acres of open space for passive and active recreation.
With unique architecture, combined with historic preservation and renovations, Auburn has retained the look and feel of a real downtown. Auburn's unique historic downtown still provides a gathering place for numerous events.