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Aulne, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Aulne is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°16′34″N 97°4′36″W / 38.27611°N 97.07667°W / 38.27611; -97.07667Coordinates: 38°16′34″N 97°4′36″W / 38.27611°N 97.07667°W / 38.27611; -97.07667[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County Marion
Platted 1887
Elevation[1] 1,407 ft (429 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-03400 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0477370 [1]
W i k i p e d i a

Aulne is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Kansas, United States.[1] The Aulne name was suggested by officials of the railroad when it was built through Aulne during the 19th century.[2]


1915 Railroad Map of Marion County

Early history[edit]

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but kept title to about 7,500 square miles.

19th century[edit]

In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre. In 1848, after the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Spain brought into the United States all or part of the land for ten future states, including southwest Kansas. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Aulne.[3]

In 1872, a railroad contractor, named Col. W. Sherburn, decided the location would be good location for a town and named it after himself, Sherburn, but it was too early and never used.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Aulne to Caldwell.[4] It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980, and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad which merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, and finally merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

A post office existed in Aulne from August 19, 1887 to February 28, 1954.[5]

20th century[edit]

Aulne was one of the finalist communities considered for Tabor College before it was established in Hillsboro in 1908.[6]

During World War I, the local telephone company decreed that "No German could be spoken over the telephones", because of anti-German sentiment towards German-Americans.[7]


Aulne is located roughly half way between Marion and Peabody next to the Union Pacific Railroad.

Area attractions[edit]

  • Aulne United Methodist Church, north-east corner of 140th St and Pawnee Rd.
  • 1890 Marion County Poor Farm (asylum), 1 mi west, 2.1 mi north. Large 3-story limestone house, now privately owned house, occasional tours by appointment. Darren E. Burrows lived here briefly as a child. Indigent, and somewhat "incompetent" people would live here with adult supervision, work the land, raise their own food, and earn their keep. Unwed pregnant girls could stay there until they delivered their babies, which were put up of adoption. The asylum was self-sustaining for a number of years, even paying taxes to the county.[8][9][10]
  • Marion Reservoir, approximately seven miles north of Aulne.


Primary and secondary education[edit]

Aulne is part of Unified School District 408.[11][12] The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.[13] All students attend schools in Marion.



U.S. Route 56 is 5.75 miles (9.25 km) to the north, and U.S. Route 77 is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of the community. The Oklahoma Kansas Texas (OKT)[14] line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through the community.


Notable people[edit]

  • Floyd B. Danskin, American politician, Washington State House of Representatives from 1921 to 1933, and Speaker of the House from 1925 to 1927.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


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