News of an air traffic control tower for the Aurora Airport was recently announced.
Aurora State Airport
As the third busiest airport in Oregon, approximately 90,000 landings and takeoffs reportedly occur at Aurora each year. U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley are on record for supporting the project, which is expected to enhance flight safety. Groundbreaking for the control tower is scheduled sometime in April, with completion expected toward the end of 2014. Read a recent story about the Aurora, Oregon airport tower here.
A recent KGW-TV Channel 8 news story reported by Grant McOmie focuses on the history behind Aurora, Oregon.
Click photo to view KGW-TV report on Aurora. Image courtesy of KGW-TV News.
Click here or on the photos to view the complete report on Aurora, Oregon history.
Click photo to view KGW-TV news report on Aurora.
In the past few days, a very special family has been spotted along Highway 99e, within the city limits of Aurora, Oregon.
A local newspaper reports 2013 is a big year for the Aurora Colony Museum. That’s due in part to this being the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Colony Historical Society.
Read the recent article on Aurora Colony history and upcoming celebrations here!
Headstone of Dr. William Keil, founder of Aurora, Oregon
Fun upcoming events and surprising local housing facts are found in the latest free edition of the Oregon Real Estate Update. Information on the current real estate market for many communities throughout the Willamette Valley are included in this report.
As an example, the average Salem area home price is $187,900, up 10.7% from last year and the average Portland area home price is now $309,200, up 14.1% from last year.
Total Market Times Vary
Just as interesting is how long it takes for a house to sell. The average in the Portland metro area is about two months. The total average market time around Salem is closer to four months.
Local Fun, Too
Also included are interesting Autumn activities for the entire family. Find out all the details in this latest free edition of the Oregon Real Estate Update here.
The Old Colony Museum in Aurora, Oregon
This cowboy was seen on 9/11/13 waving to Interstate 5 motorists at the north Aurora on-ramp.
An American cowboy’s highway greeting on 9/11/13
Here’s information on a fun, local event from the Oregon State Park website:
The Donald Manson barn has played a central role in 151 harvests. Manson built the current barn in 1862, a year after the devastating 1861 Willamette River flood that cost him his original barn, equipment, animals and harvested crops. He rebuilt his barn in the spot where it still stands today in what is now Champoeg State Heritage Area.
Photo courtesy of Oregon State Parks
Farmstead Day showcases life in the 1860s via dozens of volunteers in period clothing re-enacting everyday chores. Your family can join in living history demonstrations, including:
- Grinding wheat and corn
- Harvesting the vegetable garden
- Dutch oven cooking
- Butter churning & bread making
- Water pumping and hauling
- Blacksmithing with a traditional leather bellows and period tools
- Period woodworking
- Listening to a fur trapper & hide tanner tell their stories
Just like early farmers after harvest end, celebrate the day with music and dancing in the barn.
The event is free, but day-use parking is $5.
Click here for more information and a map to this upcoming event.
The Aurora Colony Days Parade will be held this Saturday, August 10th at 11:00 AM.
If you enjoy a terrific ‘small town’ event that’s lots of fun, don’t miss the Aurora Colony Days Parade. This is truly a family-friendly event which begins at the Aurora City Park. Because the parade route runs through much of town, you really can’t miss it.
On Saturday there will also be FREE ADMISSION to the Aurora Colony Museum.
Aurora, Oregon Colony Museum
Click here for a list of Aurora Colony Days festivities!