Before 1834, the land known as Aurora provided homes to many Native Americans. After the Blackhawk
War in 1834, Europeans claimed the land. Until 1857, Aurora actually existed as East Aurora and West Aurora, each sitting on its respective side of the Fox Valley
River. The two towns joined in 1857 and formed the town of Aurora. Stolp Island, in the middle of the Fox Valley River, held and still holds the town’s government buildings.
Following the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad built a roundhouse and shop in Aurora the year before the towns merged. The largest employer in the Fox Valley Region, the economy in the area soared until the railroad shut its doors in 1970. From that point until the construction of the Hollywood Casino in 1993, Aurora experienced an economic and employment slump.
Find out more about Aurora’s intriguing history by stopping by the Aurora Historical Museum in the downtown area. You might learn about some famous people who live or have lived in the town, such as author Clive Cussler and meteorologist Tom Skilling.
Those who enjoy the fine arts are likely to enjoy visiting the Paramount Theatre. The theater opened in 1931, underwent a full-scale restoration in 1976, and still features beautiful and historical architecture. While the building has breathtaking features, most people go to see the musicals, comedy shows and productions of Broadway shows.