Auburn Train StationAPI students are seen here waiting for a train to take them up to Atlanta and the ROTC summer camp at Fort McPherson in 1942. Trace your finger down from the letter "A" on the "Auburn" sign on the depot wall and you will find the smiling face of All-American halfback Monk Gafford with a dark letterman sweater bearing an "A".
The BottleOn the far northern side of Auburn, where Highway 147 meets US 280, is a community known as "The Bottle, Alabama". It was named in honor of the Nehi Bottle, pictured here, which was erected in 1924 as "the world's largest bottle". It was bright orange, 64 feet tall and housed a grocery store, service station, living quarters, storage and an observation tower. President FDR visited this strange sight on his visit to Auburn, and the building stood until fire claimed it in the mid-30s.
Roughly half of the gentlemen pictured in this image have buildings named after them on campus:
Left to right, front row: Charles C. Thach, professor of English and Political Economy [later President]; General James H. Lane, professor of civil engineering and drawing; Otis D. Smith, professor of mathematics and later acting president; President William LeRoy Broun, president and professor of physics and astronomy; Patrick H. Mell, professor of botany and geology, and later second director of the Agricultural Experiment Station; Colonel Alexander Bondurant, professor of agriculture; Charles A. Cary, professor of physiology and veterinary medicine, and later dean of veterinary medicine.
Left to right, middle row: J.M. Stedman, professor of biology; John Jenkins Wilmore, professor of mechanical engineering, and later dean of engineering and mines; Charles H. Ross, professor of modern languages and English; George Petrie, head professor of history, and later dean of the academic faculty and of the graduate school.
Left to right, back row: Anthony Foster McKissick, professor of electrical engineering; Bennett Battle Ross, professor of chemistry, and later dean of agricultural sciences, chemistry and pharmacy; Colonel John H. Wills, commandant and professor of military science and tactics.