At the corner of Magnolia Avenue and College Street in Auburn, Ala stand two mammoth oak trees catty-corner to Toomer’s Drugs. If you’ve never actually experienced “rolling the corner” you’ve surely heard of the phenomenon.
Any time students and Auburn Tigers fans feel the need to celebrate (Auburn football wins definitely do the trick) it’s standard practice to grab a roll of toilet paper and toss it repeatedly into those two oaks at Toomer’s Corner. It’s a tradition that dates back into the early parts of the 20th century (1930s).
The tradition will live on, but those two mammoth oak trees won’t be a part of it after Saturday, April 20.
In late 2010, after the Iron Bowl, the trees were poisoned by a commercial muscular herbicide called Spike 80DF and although the University attempted to save them, for safety reasons they’ll be removed on Tuesday, April 23.
According to Auburn University, two landscape architecture firms have submitted a significant number of ideas for a redevelopment of Toomer’s Corner. The two final renderings are shown here and the University will reveal the final chosen concept at 6 p.m. ET at a “Celebrate the Tradition” block party.
After Auburn’s spring game “A-Day” at 2 p.m. ET, fans are invited to roll Toomer’s Corner one final time with the two dying oak trees.
Until the University shows to actual final rendering, no one is sure what Toomer’s Corner will look like once the renovation is complete. But one certainty remains: New oak trees will be planted and the tradition of “rolling the corner” will live on.