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Aurora, Illinois, USA

Aurora, Kane, IL

A post office was established in 1837, officially creating Aurora. Actually, however, Aurora was originally two villages: East Aurora, incorporated in 1845, on the east side of the river, and West Aurora, formally organized on the west side of the river in 1854. In 1857, the two towns joined officially, incorporated as the city of Aurora. The two sides could not agree on which side of the river should house the public buildings, so most public buildings were built on or around Stolp Island in the middle of the Fox River.

As the city grew, many factories and jobs came to Aurora, along with many people. In 1856, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad located its roundhouse and locomotive shop in Aurora to become the town's largest employer until the 1960s.

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  • 1854 - Aurora
    Aurora, a thriving post-village of Kane county, Illinois, on Fox river, and on the Chicago and Aurora railroad, 43 miles W. by S. from Chicago, is...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - The manufacture of cotton batting will soon be commenced in Aurora, Ill., by a party from the East.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868

  • 1874 - Aurora - Coulter Opera House

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  • 1878 - Aurora
    CITY OF AURORA.

    Within the bounds of the above described Congressional Township there has arisen, within forty three years, a city which, while it ...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - BOYS KILLED AT AURORA. A Train Ran Into an Open Switch Where They Played.
    Aurora, Ill., Aug. 16. - A passenger train on the Northwestern road ran through an open switch here this evening, crashing into a car loaded with...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Aurora
    Aurora, a city of Kane co., Ill., in Aurora township, on Fox River, and on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rail road at its junction with the...Read MORE...


  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
    City Hall
    Postcard
  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
    East Fox Street Bridge
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  • 1916
    Aurora, a city of Kane co., Ill., on the Fox River and on tho Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and other railroads, 39 miles WSW. of Chicago. It is an...Read MORE...


  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
    Broadway, Looking North
    Postcard
  • 1966 - May 10 - Morning lows of 21 degrees at Bloomington-Normal and Aurora, IL, established a state record for the month of May.

    The Weather Channel



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East Fox Street Bridge
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  • 1854 - Aurora
    Aurora, a thriving post-village of Kane county, Illinois, on Fox river, and on the Chicago and Aurora railroad, 43 miles W. by S. from Chicago, is... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - The manufacture of cotton batting will soon be commenced in Aurora, Ill., by a party from the East.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 11, 1868
  • 1874 - Aurora - Coulter Opera House

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1878 - Aurora
    CITY OF AURORA.

    Within the bounds of the above described Congressional Township there has arisen, within forty three years, a city which, while it ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Aurora
    Aurora, a city of Kane co., Ill., in Aurora township, on Fox River, and on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rail road at its junction with the... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - BOYS KILLED AT AURORA. A Train Ran Into an Open Switch Where They Played.
    Aurora, Ill., Aug. 16. - A passenger train on the Northwestern road ran through an open switch here this evening, crashing into a car loaded with... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Aurora, a city of Kane co., Ill., on the Fox River and on tho Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and other railroads, 39 miles WSW. of Chicago. It is an... Read MORE...

  • 1966 - May 10 - Morning lows of 21 degrees at Bloomington-Normal and Aurora, IL, established a state record for the month of May.

    The Weather Channel

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