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Aulne, Kansas

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Country  United States
County  Marion
Platted  1887
Elevation  429 m
State  Kansas
Township  Wilson
Time zone  CST (UTC-6)
Local time  Thursday 5:31 AM
Aulne, Kansas
Weather  -3°C, Wind SW at 8 km/h, 68% Humidity

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


Map of Aulne, KS 66861, USA

Early history

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.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. 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 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.

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. 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.

20th century

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

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.


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

Area attractions

  • 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.
  • Marion Reservoir, approximately seven miles north of Aulne.
  • Primary and secondary education

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

  • Marion High School, located in Marion.
  • Marion Middle School, located in Marion.
  • Marion Elementary School, located in Marion.
  • Print

  • Marion County Record, local newspaper from Marion.
  • Hillsboro Free Press, county newspaper for Marion County.
  • The Newton Kansan, regional newspaper from Newton.
  • The Salina Journal, regional newspaper from Salina.
  • Transportation

    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) line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through the community.


  • Internet
  • Satellite is provided by HughesNet, StarBand, WildBlue.
  • TV
  • Satellite is provided by DirecTV, Dish Network.
  • Terrestrial is provided by regional digital TV stations.
  • Electricity
  • Community and Rural areas provided by Flint Hills RECA.
  • Water
  • Community and Rural areas provided by Marion County RWD #4.
  • Notable people

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

    Aulne, Kansas Wikipedia

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