Judge John J. Harper founded Auburn during 1836 and the city gets its name from a line out of an Oliver Goldsmith poem called "The Deserted Village.'' In 1856 a Methodist institution was charted as a male college and during 1859 with a staff of only six eight students attended the first classes. The name of the college changed to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama during 1872 when it changed to a state own facility. The name changed several times before it became Auburn University and now it's achievements along with the cities achievements are regularly celebrated at Toomer's Corner.
Toomer's Corner can be found at the intersection of College and Magnolia streets in Auburn, Alabama. This marks the transition to the campus of the university from downtown and is named for Toomer's Drugs. The small store has been a landmark in Auburn for more than one hundred and fifty years. There are two large oak trees hang over the corner and are often covered in toilet paper when something good happens in Auburn.
The tradition of hanging toilet tissue from the trees is known as rolling the corner and is thought to have begun during the 1950's. Up until the middle of the 1990's the tradition was reserved for athletic wins but has been used to celebrate anything good associated with Auburn in recent years.
Toomer's Drug Store has been on the corner since the late part of the 19th century at 100 North College Street. The drugstore offers food and drinks for patrons. The store even sells souvenirs. Toomer's Corner has been a place where people gather for athletic celebrations for years. The celebrations can last for hours. It is said the John Heisman used to stop in the drugstore just for the lemonade.
Toomer's Drugstore which is still in its original building at Toomer's Corner is open from 10am until 6pm Monday through Friday. On Saturday the store opens at 10am and closes at 7pm, on Sunday the store opens at noon and closes at five in the evening. It is still a drugstore and soda fountain styled diner after all of these years and continues to be a tradition in Auburn. It like all of the restaurants in the area is smoke free.
Those wishing to obtain additional information about Toomer's Drugstore and its rich history should contact the facility directly. The little shop is like taking a step back in time which made it the ideal choice to name the corner for.
The location of Toomer's Corner makes it easy for the students attending Auburn University to take a break and visit downtown Auburn. After an athletic victory or other positive event has happened in the area they can be seen spreading toilet paper in the oak trees. Anyone in the Auburn, Alabama area should make it a point to visit Toomer's Corner which can be seen anytime of the day or night from the comfort of your home thanks to the camera installed on the corner.
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