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Endurance Square sells Auburn short

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I must agree that the Western States 100 Mile Run and the Tevis Cup horse race are important elements of Auburn’s reputation. But in the scope of our community’s history, they represent merely two of many significant events that make Auburn what it is today. As a result, I must disagree with the City Council’s choice of creating an Endurance Square as part of the first phase of the Streetscape project (“Endurance Plaza to immortalize athletes,” Journal, Aug. 11). Why not return to the name Central Square as McCann winner Bart Ruud has suggested (Reader Input, Aug. 11)? Why focus on just the endurance events at the new plaza, when the entire culture of Auburn can be celebrated, including the founders of the endurance runs? There are many events in our past such as the gold rush, railroad construction, the fruit industry, etc., that have contributed to Auburn’s heritage much more than the endurance events. There are miners, businessmen, builders, educators, athletes and many others who have also contributed to our heritage. Having a Central Square that honors the people and deeds of the past and present says more about Auburn than using the pretentious title of Endurance Capital of the World. There is more to Auburn than endurance. Bob Burge, Auburn