5 Ways to Love Auburn on Valentine’s Day

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There are plenty of reasons to love Auburn over 364 days of the year.

But on Valentine's Day, it's a perfect opportunity to explore the passion in your heart for the community you live in - with a Feb. 14 focus.

Here's a list of 5 Reasons to Love Auburn - on Valentine's Day:

1. Cupid's arrow

If you're going to go passionate - go big.

That's what Auburn dentist Kenneth Fox did in the 1970s, coming up with giant Amazonian warrior statues along Auburn Ravine Road that boggle the imagination. And with one of the women wielding a bow and arrow, perhaps it's time to rethink Cupid's role in romance. A strong woman aiming a giant arrow is much more 21st century than a winged cherub loading up a miniature bow.

2. Banking on love

Back in the 1980s, Auburn's biggest success story centered on a bank that was based around Valentine's Day symbolism. Heart Federal Savings and Loan was headquartered in Downtown Auburn and became a major regional player, with 28 locations and a staff of 170 working out of its Lincoln Way complex. Heart Federal would be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange before a friendly buyout in 1990 merged it with U.S. Bancorp and an eventual headquarters move from Auburn to Sacto.

3. Romantic possibilities

Auburn's many hiking and walking trails afford a romantic getaway only steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city. What better place to propose than on the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge at the confluence. And what could be better for a healthy heart than a walk in the woods?

4. Love and marriage

A civil wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day? No problem for the Placer County clerk-recorder-registrar's office. The North Auburn location is equipped for up to nine marriages a day and the office performs upwards of 450 each year. Staff has even painted a room, added seats and benches and decorated to provide a more welcoming setting for nuptials.

5. Fountain of hope

While Auburn doesn’t have anything to rival Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain, romantic hopefuls can head on over to the fountain at the entrance to the Placer County Administration Center - otherwise known as The Domes - on Fulweiler Avenue with some pocket change. The fountain there is waiting for a similar coin toss. One coin at the Rome version is said to ensure the comeback of Rome. You can go with Rome or put your own spin on a  favorite sports team or politician. Two coins ensures romance with a Roman. Substitute a Californian in this version to be on the safe side. Three coins ensures the marriage.