6 Facts You May Not Know About Aurora, Oregon

Given Aurora, Oregon’s lengthy history, there are some unique facts about this unique town you may not know. Here are half a dozen interesting ‘info nuggets’ about Aurora, Oregon.

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Headstone of Aurora Keil, Aurora, Oregon’s Namesake

Fact #1. Aurora Has A ‘Secret’ Cemetery
One of Aurora, Oregon’s best-kept secrets is among its most historic.  There are numerous cemeteries in Aurora, nearby Butteville and Champoeg. Yet the one with the biggest connection to Aurora is tiny Keil Cemetery, situated off a graveled, little-used lane called Cole Road near Aurora’s west side. Founder Wilhelm Keil is buried here, as are his family members.  Especially noteworthy is the burial site of Dr. Keil’s daughter Aurora, the town’s namesake. The cemetery is less known because it’s located on private property. 

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1874 Photo of Oregon & California Train visiting Aurora, Oregon

Fact #2. Aurora’s Record of Fine Dining
Aurora has both good modern day restaurants, plus an exceptional culinary history. Ben Holladay, President of the Oregon & California Railroad, worked out an arrangement with Aurora’s founder, Dr. Wilhelm Keil to feed train passengers at Aurora with the settlement’s renowned cuisine. The food was so good in Aurora that travelers and even train workers would bypass eating at other railroad stops, making a point to dine in Aurora.

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Fact #3. Aurora, Oregon Is An Aviation Powerhouse
The Aurora State Airport is Oregon’s third busiest. Yet given its relatively small size, some might call the Aurora Airport a ‘mighty midget.’ Originally constructed during WWII as a military support airbase to Portland, the Aurora Airport is now a vital economic hub with vibrant businesses, including two helicopter heavyweights, Columbia Helicopters and Helicopter Transport Services.

Greater Aurora, Oregon is on both sides of the Clackamas-Marion County Line

Fact #4. Aurora, Oregon’s Unique Geography
Aurora includes both a town, but also encompasses a far larger rural setting, too. Greater Aurora is located virtually equidistant between the major metro areas of Portland & Salem, Oregon. Aurora’s 97002 zip code also lies astraddle of both Clackamas & Marion Counties. So depending on your specific location, this means two completely different sets of schools (Canby & North Marion) and property tax systems (Marion & Clackamas Counties).

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The Mood is Festive at the Aurora Colony Days Parade

Fact #5. Aurora Colony Days
Aurora’s Colony Days is a multiple day celebration of Aurora pageantry held every August. Features include a parade, marketplace, concerts, beer garden and even a 5k run/walk. It’s a family-friendly environment with something for everyone.

Fact #6. Yes, There Are Antiques, Too
Among Aurora’s commonly known, modern-day ‘claims-to-fame’ is its antique heritage. In fact, to many, antiques have long been Aurora’s main attraction. Given its small town charm and pedestrian friendly design, weekends are especially popular for many to visit downtown Aurora, Oregon.

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Aurora, Oregon Is In The News

A recent KGW-TV Channel 8 news story reported by Grant McOmie focuses on the history behind Aurora, Oregon. 

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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.

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Click photo to view KGW-TV news report on Aurora.

Aurora Colony Museum Turns 50!

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!

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Headstone of Dr. William Keil, founder of Aurora, Oregon

Aurora Property Sells For 1.4 Million

A local Aurora, Oregon landmark recently sold for well over a million dollars, according to reliable sources.

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Big Red Barn at Aurora I-5 Interchange

The 18+ acre property includes an older home, numerous buildings and a big red barn.  The address is 26444 NE Butteville Road, just west of the I-5 Freeway at the Charbonneau exit.

Once known as the Edwards Farm and later the Van Doozer property, records show the new owner is BL & DJ LLC, which appears to share an affiliation with Bob Lanphere auto dealerships. The real estate transaction occurred in late September.

Currently zoned for agricultural use, no word has yet been made public regarding possible future plans for the property.

Aurora’s Historic Keil Cemetery

One of Aurora, Oregon’s best-kept secrets is perhaps its most historic.  That’s because Keil Cemetery is situated off the graveled and little-used Cole Road near Aurora’s west side.

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Dr. Wilhelm Keil’s Headstone

Founder Wilhelm Keil is buried here, as are his family members.  Especially noteworthy is the burial site of Dr. Keil’s daughter Aurora and the town’s namesake.  Learn more about fascinating Aurora history here at the Aurora Colony website.

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