Audubon - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Audubon's Yesterday

What's in a Name?

Audubon received its name before it became a town. In August of 1871, an official of the railroad came here on an inspection tour and a party of friends accompanied him. The prairie was bright with wild flowers, birds singing, and water fowl swimming on the lake. John J. Audubon's niece was so impressed by the beauty of the place that she asked, if a settlement were ever established here, they name it after her uncle, John J. Audubon, a nature enthusiast.

Later when the town began in 1872 with a hotel, Northern Pacific Railroad and a small land office and streets were laid out, they were given names of local birds in honor of the naturalist.

A Town on the Grow

By 1873 Audubon had its own newspaper, "The Audubon Journal" with the subscription price of $1.00  a year.

In 1876 the town had a store, blacksmith shop, two saloons, a hotel, an inn, a market, three attorneys, one physician and a Justice of the Peace.

In 1896 Audubon had a clothing store, hardware store, meat market, two bars, two restaurants, shoe and harness maker, hotel, music store, wagon makers, funeral supply store, jewelry store, grocery store and a creamery.

Audubon Today

Today, Audubon is home to over 20 businesses, including: TEAM Industries, R&R Trucking, Country Wood Products, Lake Park Audubon Elementary School, Arvig Telephone Systems, Audubon Upholstery, Aurochs Veterinary Service, Audubon Meats, Dreammakers/JCS Cabinets, Co-op Elevator, City Office/Police Department, Audubon Liquor (which features on & off sale),  Gramma Emma's, BNSF, Orth Landscaping, Ortons (a 24 hour gas station which features a convenience store), Keller Diesel, Audubon Metalworks, WSC, Holm Fabricating, TK Auto, and FM Recreational.  

Three churches; First Lutheran of Audubon, Immanuel Lutheran, and Church of the Living God; offer residents a variety of religious experiences.

With a baseball field, three softball fields, a nature area and three playgrounds/parks, families have an abundance of opportunities to spend quality time together.

Audubon's Tomorrow

Residential Tomorrow

With opportunities to build in two residential developments and the availability to purchase one of several existing homes, Audubon is a great place to make your home.

Commercial Tomorrow

Businesses looking to move to Audubon are invited to visit City Hall to learn more about opportunities and properties available. Our industrial park on the north side of town is the perfect location for warehouses and manufacturing businesses. If you're looking for customers to stop in on the fly, the high visibility and traffic of Highway 10 is where you want to be, and we can help you get there!