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Explore The Historical Sites of Aurora with Story Line!

Story Line, an audio tour for anyone wanting to take a trip into Aurora’s history The Historic Sites and Preservation Office together with the Aurora History Museum

Aurora’s military influence

The military has been a big part of Aurora’s history The military plays a strong part in the richly diverse history of Aurora, taking a moment

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Check out Heather Gardens Golf Course

Do you love golf? Or are you just looking for a fun way to spend your next weekend in Aurora? Whatever your answer is, we're

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Places of Interest In and Around Aurora

Places on the outskirts of Aurora Aurora has been known as a suburb of Denver and once was, but the town grew and become a city

Top Things To Do In Aurora

Always something to do or see in Aurora Being a multicultural city with a military influence Aurora has a lot to offer the tourist in forms

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Our Top Pet Services Picks In Aurora

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We’ve talked about restaurants, museums, hotels, transportation and just about everything there is to talk about in Aurora expect for one very important subject…pets!

Today is the day we share our top picks for pets in Aurora! Now, these picks apply to all animals so whether you’re a dog, cat, rabbit, hamster or a guinea pig person we have you covered! We’re going to focus on there important services that all pet owners need:

  1. A great veterinarian to keep your pet healthy and prevent disease!
  2. A caring and careful groomer to keep your pet looking fresh and clean all year round.
  3. A great pet supply shop for all your pet food, toys and treats!

Our Pick For Aurora’s Best Veterinarian

Let’s dive right in! First things first, you need to have a great veterinarian. It’s about peace of mind. You want to know that if something were to happen you have someone you can trust to make things right. We can be a little picky when it comes to picking a veterinarian so besides our own personal experience we look at a few other categories:

  • They need to be accredited by The American Animal Hospital Association. Are there good practices without this accreditation? Absolutely. But we aren’t looking for good. We want great and the standards put forth by AAHA are well above the legal requirements. We like that. Find out more about AAHA by clicking here.
  • They need to have veterinarians with experience. This one seems obvious but new veterinarians have to start somewhere! We aren’t against new veterinarians, but we do want there to be an experienced veterinarian available to answer questions and support the practice. Make sure that the seasoned owner actually shows up to the practice regularly.
  • They care! Again, obvious but there are veterinary practices out there that seem to have lost that passion.

So which Aurora veterinary clinic meets all these requirements? Parkside Animal Health Center is our pick for the best animal hospital in Aurora. And let me tell you the competition is tough! But Dr. Eisenhauer and her team kept coming up when we asked about the top veterinary clinics in our city!

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They have impeccable reviews on Google, Facebook and Yelp and the customer service to back it up. Jenna, one of our writers, took their cat Dr. Jenkins (don’t ask) in for an appointment. He had been sneezing now and then but was overall doing fine. Better safe than sorry she thought. Now many practices will breeze through a minor issue like this but the veterinarians and veterinary technicians at Parkside Animal Health Center gave Jenna and her cat something that something of incredible value: time.

They took their time with Dr. Jenkins (sigh) and with Jenna. They addressed her concerns and took plenty of time to let Dr. Jenkins warm up to them. This is a very tough thing to accomplish when it comes to veterinary medicine but the team at Aurora’s Parkside Animal Health Center does it with grace and style!

Our Pick For Aurora’s Best Groomer

Grooming is a huge part of pet ownership. It often gets overlooked but keeping your dog (or cat) clean can greatly improve how much you enjoy your pet. I have husky. I know, maybe not the best idea. But without a solid groomer, I live in a world of hair year round. A great pet groomer has to have three things:

  1. Standards and protocols. Your pet can be exposed to a variety of conditions and different types of animals at the groomer. There must be a system of vaccination and managing contact between pets.
  2. Experience! Once again, you can’t trade experience!
  3. Willingness to work with cats! You’d be surprised at how many grooming facilities just don’t work with cats. While this one is a little subjective, we want to have a one-stop shop for all our cat and dog grooming needs.

So which Aurora pet groomer has it all? Our pick is the simply named Aurora Pet Grooming on Hampden Avenue in 80014. We think they have a perfect mix of all three while still being a large enough business to schedule on short notice when the fur simply becomes too much!

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Dr. Jenkins (who is a cat in case you didn’t read our veterinary clinic pick) loves going here! While he likes to maintain his fabulous long coat he doesn’t mind a good shave from time to time and the folks are Aurora Pet Grooming are just the ones to do it!

Our Pick For Aurora’s Best Pet Supply Store

Pet supplies are a necessary part of pet ownership. But it also is a really fun experience for both you and your pet. A great pet supply store is going to be pretty straightforward to most people:

  1. Fair prices.
  2. Wide selection of all pets.
  3. Friendly staff.

While there are a variety of great Pet Smart and Pet CO locations throughout Aurora (and both organizations, by the way, do A LOT to help both local and national charities) but for our personal pick, we’re going with Aurora’s own Chuck & Don’s on S Parker Road in the 80016 area of Aurora.

First off, the prices are solid. I’ve often price shopped (for fancy rawhide bones, my husky loves them) and they are consistently cheaper at Chuck & Don’s. Second, they have a wide selection of treats, toys, and treasures for all pets. While many people find it a bit weird I do have a hamster and finding perfect yogurt drops for him absolutely makes his day.

Lastly, and most important, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. And they don’t push you to buy more and more.

Supporting Colorado Business

What’s the best part about our top there pet pick businesses? They’re all Colorado local businesses and you can never go wrong with that!

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Did we miss your favorite veterinarian, groomer or pet supply store? Or have a great experience with one of the businesses listed above? Let us know in comments! We would love to hear about which Aurora business you think is the best!

Check out Heather Gardens Golf Course

Do you love golf? Or are you just looking for a fun way to spend your next weekend in Aurora? Whatever your answer is, we’re sure visiting Heather Gardens Golf Course won’t be a mistake, so keep reading.

Golf is well-known as a sport of leisure, even as the gentlemen’s sport. But, although to some it might seem like a low-level activity sport, playing golf is extremely beneficial to our health. Playing golf includes a lot of walking between the tees, and this 2,461-yard course will definitely boost your heart rate! Besides walking, golf is a sport always played outdoors, so it easily relaxes both our body and mind. And you probably already know that golf is one of the most popular team-building activities around the globe!

Why choose Heather Gardens Golf Course?

This public golf course easily accessed from I-225, Parker Road, and Yale Ave is situated right next to the Cherry Creek Reservoir, so you can’t miss it. It features 9 holes, par 32 enhanced by slopes, elevated greens, and bunkers all packed in a beautiful lush greenery and it’s a challenge for the golfers of all skill levels – from amateurs to senior pros. Even if you’re not into golf so much, this particular area is very quiet and peaceful, and therefore perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk.

It opened in 1972. and was designed by famous Richard M. Phelps. The entire course is extremely well maintained, and the helpful staff makes the whole visit even better. Making tee time is, easy – you can do that by calling the Heather Garden Golf Course the day before (303-751-2390).

Apart from the 9-hole golf course and breathtakingly beautiful landscape, the area is a home to a charming Rendezvous Restaurant and Bar where you can stop by for a drink or an affordable and tasty meal right after you’re done golfing.

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A Golf fee is $15 for adult non-residents,  $8 for juniors and golf cart rentals start from $7.50. If you’re a Heather Gardens resident or a senior, special discounts apply and you can check them out on the official website. Their Pro Shop working hours are 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM (Through October 1st.)

Conclusion

Since we’ve mentioned how beneficial golf can be for your health, we can’t recommend this activity enough. Now when you know about Heather Gardens Golf Course, you have one more reason to start playing.

Try checking the forecast for the next weekend – we believe the weather will be just perfect for the party of golf.

 

Places of Interest In and Around Aurora

Places on the outskirts of Aurora

Aurora has been known as a suburb of Denver and once was, but the town grew and become a city in its own right.  But it’s close proximity to Denver affords tourists a lot more choices of places to go to and see.

Attractions in and around Aurora

Centennial Park

The first City-owned park is an eleven-acre award-winning park and a popular visitors destination.
Centennial Park offers large community events, water parks, picnic areas, age-appropriate play areas and lots of gardens and open space to wander through or relax and read a book in.

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Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still was not that much of a success when he was still alive as he believed that most of his paintings were best shown with his other paintings, so he wanted to keep them together and under very specific conditions.Upon his death in 1980, he left his entire estate to the city that would mount a permanent museum dedicated to his work. The city of Denver was chosen and received the collection in 2004, opening the museum in 2011 with a rotating exhibition of Still’s work.  Still’s work is a truly amazing collection to see.

Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Scientists do globally significant work, like archaeological excavations on sites such as the Snowmass Village known as the“Snowmastadon Project”. Here there have been loads of fossils, including the bones of a Columbian mammoth have been found and excavated.  The museum also has one of the only Imax theatres in the region, a planetarium, gems and minerals collections as well as some mummies!The museum completed the new Discovery Zone, an interactive space for kids of ages 3-5, where they get to excavate fossils, play with various water features, and create art projects.m2 - Places of Interest In and Around Aurora

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens are Located adjacent to Cheesman Park, they are part of one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. The gardens offer a perfect combination of locally inspired arid landscape with the hardy plants that evolved to thrive in Colorado to the lusher and more ornamental gardens that are found everywhere. With lots of nooks and crannies to explore this attraction is a great leisurely stroll for plant lovers especially at night.  The gardens are sometimes hosting live summer concerts that one can bring your lawn chair and cooler box to and enjoy some great entertainment.

Conclusion

Aurora and the surrounding areas offer a whole host of engaging sites and activities for the entire family. Looking to give your pet a bit of a “treat yourself day’? Check out our recently added, Top Pet Pick Services In Aurora for things your dog can do after a long day at the Botanical Gardens or museum!

Top Things To Do In Aurora

Always something to do or see in Aurora

Being a multicultural city with a military influence Aurora has a lot to offer the tourist in forms of museums, theatre, arts and various fun activities for the entire family.

Places to go and things to do!

12 Mile Stables

When you think of Colorado pictures of wide open plains and cowboys on top of their trusty steed’s spring to mind.
Well at 12 Mile Stables you can rent a horse and take a ride with your very own guide, go on Hayrides, they offer Day Camps and you can even learn to ride a horse during one of their riding lessons.

Pedego Southlands

Located on the outskirts of Denver, Pedego Southlands is an outdoor lifestyle center which offers shopping from some of the largest retail names to the smaller local businesses alongside great entertainment district. Southlands is only minutes from Aurora and Denver and just blocks from the fascinating trail system connecting all the Denver recreational areas and suburbs. You can hire a motorized bike and take a ride from Pedego Southlands to the Aurora Reservoir with its eight-mile bike trail, a beach for swimming, fishing, and non-motorised (so paddling) boats.  There are two more reservoirs, parks and the historic town of Parker to see along the way until you reach the gorgeous Castlewood Canyon

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Cherry Creek State Park

The Cherry Creek State Park offers a whole lot of fun recreation for the entire family.
There is camping, Water activities, Nature hikes, biking trails and picnic areas.
The park has beautiful scenery and wildlife, you can wander through the woodland or relax at the lake shores, have a campout or just take a tranquil bike ride.
Always check with the parks boards for local conditions in the park, rules, regulations, and fees.

Aurora Hills Golf course

The original golf course, the Aurora Hills is part of the municipal golf courses and one of the most popular courses in the metro area.  The centrally situated traditional design golf course offers great value for money and a challenge for every skill level player

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Colorado Ski and Golf

“Guarantees through Expertise” is the Colorado Ski and Golf motto.  They will get you outfitted and ready for a day out on the slopes with a very nice price tag to boot.
Not only can you buy all the gear you need for a day on the slopes or the golf course, but you can also rent the equipment.

Breathtaking Trails, Parks and Views In and Around Aurora

The surrounding beauty

The quite natural beauty of the scenic places in and around Aurora will leave you spellbound and be falling for this city with its hidden treasures.

Before we dig in, we do want to mention one thing: not all of these locations are pet-friendly. Coloradans want to take their dog everywhere. We get it. While many areas will allow you to bring your dog, most require that your dog stays on a leash at all times. There are also concerns about lepto and wildlife while exploring the natural beauty with your pet. We think this is a good time to mention our recent post going over the best pet services in Aurora. Before going on any outdoor adventures with your dog we recommend you talk to your veterinarian or at least have a great Aurora veterinary clinic ready to be contacted.

A few of the hidden treasures that surround Aurora

Rattlesnake Arches – McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Although not recommended for inexperienced hikers as the trail is quite tricky, the Rattlesnake Canyon Arches trail has the best views of the nations second-biggest concentration of natural arches.

Great Sand Dunes National Park – San Luis Valley

Has North America’s tallest sand dunes, overseen by the ominous dark peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range the combination and the scenery gives this site a rather unique look.
As it is a long hike and the temperature can get rather hot it is best to set out early for this round trip and ensure you have a lot of water and or energy snacks.
You can also go sandboarding here but be warned – sand tends to get in “everywhere”!

Conundrum Hot Springs – Aspen

This secluded hot springs, which is quite a hike to get to as it is 8.5 miles into the White River National Forest.  Although it is quite a challenging hike to get to the springs it is well worth it and what better way to reward yourself after a long hike than in the soothing waters at 11000 feet above!trav - Breathtaking Trails, Parks and Views In and Around Aurora

Bishop Castle – Rye

This is more of a fascinating odd project from a well-known local man, Jim Bishops, who some may call offensive and opinionated.  The odd and mysterious building sprawls across a property that Jim Bishops, who is also the sole builder of the project, has had many a property rights battle over.
The building has many and weird and intriguing features that visitors can explore including a bridge that just leads to nowhere.

Mount Evans Road – Clear Creek County

The highest paved road in North America where a drive to the top will give you views far and wide of the state.  Here you can feel like you are on the top of the world without the long trek up a mountain and may even be able to spot some mountain goats, marmots or bighorn sheep.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway – Manitou Springs

Take a ride to the top of the 14,115ft tall mountain that towers over Downtown Colorado Springs in the worlds highest cog train.
A trip that inspired a song is a trip you know you are going to see some breathtaking scenery as you experience riding up the mountain in a cog train.

Bear Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

A popular destination with some great hikes suitable for newbies which afford some terrific views of the alpine lakes and Half Mountain.
A great starting trail for people still acclimatizing to high altitudes and wanting to start hiking.

Conclusion

If it is adventure trails, steep climbs, thrills and wildlife you are looking for you cannot go wrong by taking a trip to Aurora, after all, it is not nicknamed “Gateway to the Rockies” for nothing!
Before setting out it is always best to check on the various conditions such as the weather, etc.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a good place to get information from.
http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Hiking.aspx

 

Enjoy the wide choice of Aurora’s Cuisine

Aurora’s diverse cuisine

With a large cultural mix that makes up the city of Aurora, you will find quite a mix of cuisine in Aurora including that of traditional Colorado dishes.  As the city is known for their amazing restaurants and food you are sure to find something to your liking.

Some of the restaurants to try:

Helga’s German Cuisine

Helga’s Restaurant and Deli is of German influence and serves a mixture of Rhineland specialties and schnitzels.  For German dishes, Helga’s is a great choice for a warm atmosphere and good food.

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As the name suggests Rosie’s is a classic American themed diner complete with old-style handmade milkshakes.  The booth seating takes you back to the 1950’s with a small jukebox in each booth.
Rosie’s serves breakfast and dinner with all the classic American diner dishes.

Summit Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Summit Steak and Seafood Restaurant has late opening hours, regular events like live music, happy hours with half-price cocktails and great food.
As the name suggests the restaurant serves a great mix of Seafood, steak and some other dishes in-between so there is something for everyone’s tastes while being entertained.

The Bent Noodle restaurant

This family-owned Italian restaurant was opened in 1996 and serves fresh homemade organic food.
Their menu includes all the Italian favorite dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, sausage meat lasagna and chicken picatta.
If you are wanting mouthwatering Italian food The Bent Noodle is the restaurant to try.

The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

If it is sub-Saharan cuisine you are looking for or wanting to try then The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is a good place to start.
Be warned the restaurant encourages you to eat the Ethiopian way which means sharing food from the same plate, most of these dishes come on a tray so the entire group at a table can sit around and scoop up the food on torn pieces of “injira” (flatbread).

bbq - Enjoy the wide choice of Aurora’s CuisineSeoul BBQ and Sushi restaurant

The Seoul BBQ and Sushi restaurant serves Korean food and is a great place for curries and delicious hearty soups.

My French Press Café

For the best traditional French food, My French Press Café and bakery has a selection of delectable French pastries and loaves to offer in their attached bakery.  With their café offering breakfasts of French toast alongside the American style breakfast of eggs and various meats.

Conclusions

There is something for everyone’s tastes in Aurora including great family style restaurants with play areas to keep the kids entertained.  Ask your hotel for a more comprehensive list of the places to eat near you.

Best Places To Stay In And Around Aurora

The many accommodation choices

With so many choices of accommodation in and around Aurora we have narrowed down the choices to a few that got top ratings from guests that have stayed there.

Accommodation located in Aurora

La Quinta Inn – Centrally situated with comfortable rooms, wi-fi, breakfast is included in the price, they have free onsite parking, guest laundry service and pets are welcome.

DoubleTree (Hilton Hotel Group) – Centrally situated with various shuttles and tour buses this hotel offers the luxury of the Hilton meets the friendly atmosphere of Aurora.
With all the modern amenities and first-class restaurants you would expect from a Hilton Hotel.travel1 - Best Places To Stay In And Around Aurora

The Red Farm House Bed and Breakfast – not exactly centrally situated but close enough to the city and nestled in nature this family run bed and breakfast is a truly unique five-star experience for that home away from home feel.
Surrounded by nature you are sure to see a few deer, maybe a fox or two and hear some bird songs.

The Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast – located in Denver just one mile from the Denver Art Museum and not too far from Aurora this guest house offers individually themed rooms, with organic cotton linens, en-suite bathrooms with freestanding baths some baths are whirlpool tubs, there are antique beds in some of the rooms with fireplaces and views of the park.
They offer free wine and cheese evening receptions.  Breakfasts are all made from local ingredients that have been produced at the on-site organic vegetable patch.

Bears Inn Bed and Breakfast – The historical Bears Inn with its unique themed rooms each with a private bathroom, amazing food this log structured inn offers a true home away from home feeling filled with fresh country air and good vibes with plenty of entertainment on offer.

Bud + Breakfast – deserves a mention as it is a truly unique bed and breakfast for those of you that are young and free-spirited with its “Canna-Lifestyle” hospitality.
Part of a group called the “MaryJane” group they are committed to their lifestyle and have established accommodation dedicated to the growing canna-tourism industry.
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Conclusion

Always check with the websites for their availability as well as their prices as some hotels have seasonal rates that can vary throughout the year as well the activities, functions and events on offer at each of these facilities.
Each of the facilities listed here we have provided a link to the hotel’s website for your convenience.

The Four Core Values of Aurora

Aurora develops “The Core 4 Values” by which to measure the city’s service and performance

The City of Aurora refined the city’s internal core values in 2012 and developed a foundation upon which to build exceptional service and performance in Aurora, Colorado.  This foundation is a shared set of values now known as “The Core 4” which incorporate integrity, respect, professionalism and customer service.

“The Core 4” Values

These Core values have instilled a set of principles used to implement their vision and mission. The values represent the benchmark for organizations, to aid in the guiding of the decisions made from the individuals and the organization. Organizations that achieve great success have done so by implementing strong values.

The Core 4 Values for Aurora are:

“Integrity”

integrity - The Four Core Values of AuroraAurora lives by Integrity by:

  • Being truthful
  • Being dependable
  • Always do the right thing no matter what

“Customer Service”

Aurora live Customer Service by:

  • Go the extra mile
  • Exceed expectations
  • Be responsive, be fair and be courteous
  • Deliver cost-effective, quality and efficient services

“Respect”

respect - The Four Core Values of AuroraAurora live Respect by:

  • Value the worth of others
  • Honor diversity and differences
  • Practice the Golden Rule

“Professionalism”

Aurora live Professionalism by:

  • Equality for everyone
  • Embrace best and safe practices
  • Use data to help us make decisions and do our work

The Impact of the Core 4 Values on the city, industry and individuals of Aurora

The program designed to enhance trust, empowering employers and provide for personal and professional growth, to better serve customers with a newly inspired passion and professionalism to ensure the maximum potential growth of industry and the city of Aurora.

The program had a very positive effect on the city and employees by helping them develop and achieve their potential.  Which in turn helps with good customer relations and understanding making for a happy customer which ensures a company’s success and future growth.professional - The Four Core Values of Aurora

We also believe that these values can be found in the many local businesses around our great city. That’s probably one thing that Amazon looked at when deciding where to place their new facility. While we are going to look at many other local businesses, we recently profiled three of the top pet services in Aurora including veterinarians, pet groomers, and pet supply stores. Check it out to see how our great city’s core values play out in local business.

Conclusion

The introduction of the Core 4 Values refined the City of Aurora values to ensure the future development and growth of a city that has already doubled in size since the 1970’s and continues to grow both in size filled with the good old American confidence, pride and values.
Aurora is a city that is truly unique in all aspects of life, culture, and style.
Rated as the 54th largest city in the USA and to be classed as one of the safest large cities to live in the USA one can see how these values have strengthened the Aurora community.

Explore The Historical Sites of Aurora with Story Line!

Story Line, an audio tour for anyone wanting to take a trip into Aurora’s history

The Historic Sites and Preservation Office together with the Aurora History Museum have launched an audio tour that takes a person on a historical journey, using the historic sites brochures and map to get you to each of the twenty-seven individual landmarks, two cultural heritage sites and two historic districts.
To access Story Line you dial 303.739.6681 follow the step-by-step instructions.

If you’re looking for more an outdoor adventure, check out our post on the great outdoors in and around Aurora!

Historic Aurora

Some of the historic sites you will see on the Story Line tour include:

  1. Melvin School
    Part of the Smoky Hill Region
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  2. William Smith House
    Part of the original Aurora Region
    Built in 1910
  3. John Gully Homestead House
    Part of the Delaney Farm Region
    Built between 1870 to 1871
  4. Historic William Smith School
    Part of the original Aurora Region
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  5. Aurora Fox Arts Center
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1946
  6. H.M. Milliken House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1891
  7. American War Mothers National Memorial Home
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1924
  8. Italian villa
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
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  9. DeLaney Round Barn
    Part of the Delaney Farm Region
    Built in 1902
  10. Thomas F. Gilligan House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1925
  11. Centennial House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built 1890
  12. Lowry Building 880
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1942
  13. Guardhouses at Fitzsimons Generals Park
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1919
  14. Fitzsimons General’s Pond-Water Fowl Preserve
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1901
  15. Red Cross Building and Memorial 525
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1918
  16. KOA Building
    Part of Eastern Aurora
    Built in 1934
  17. Fuller House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
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  18. Coal Creek Schoolhouse
    Part of the Delaney Farm Region
    Built in 1928
  19. Marshall Cowing House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built 1892
  20. Horbein Building
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1953
  21. Toll Gate Creek Archaeological Site
    Part of Smoky Hill Region
  22. Smoky Hill Trail Historic Marker
    Part of the Smoky Hill Region
  23. St. Therese School
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1956
  24. Trolley Trailer No.610
    Part of Eastern Aurora and now in the Aurora History Museum
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  25. Robidoux House
    Part of the Original Aurora Region
    Built in 1913
    1615 Galena Street
  26. Bicentennial Art Center
    Part of the Military Landmarks
    Built in 1938
  27. Stanley Aviation & Market Place
    Part of the St. Therese Parish Historic District
    Built in 1954
    2501 Dallas Street

Conclusion
The Story Line Historical tour through Aurora is great way to see the historical sites and find your way around Aurora and get to know the town, its history and culture.

Aurora’s military influence

The military has been a big part of Aurora’s history

The military plays a strong part in the richly diverse history of Aurora, taking a moment to honor those brave men and women who have and still are serving their country we look at the militaries historical timeline that influenced the city of Aurora.

Aurora’s military historical timeline:

The first military hospital in Aurora – 1918

Denver Civic and Commercial Association purchased the Gutheil Nursery, on the east of town, which it then leased to the U.S. Department of the Army upon which construction of Army General Hospital No. 21 began.  Even though construction was not completed the hospital took in patients from October 1918, treating soldiers suffering from the effects of WWI chemical warfare and tuberculosis.
Construction of the hospital was completed in 1919.
The hospital was later renamed Fitzsimons Army Hospital

Lowry Air Force Base opens – 1938

The Lowry Air Force Base was opened on the Southwest side of the Aurora.

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Buckley Air National Guard – 1942

In 1942 the air force base was expanded to a site which a few miles east of the Lowry Air Force base, it became known as theBuckley Air National Guard Base and eventually renamed to The Buckley Air Force Base.

The expansion of Fitzsimons Army Hospital – 1941

In 1941 instead of closing the old army hospital the U.S. Government decided to expand and upgrade the hospital; the hospital took in and treated and cared for the many service men wounded in WWII.army2 - Aurora’s military influence

Colorado Freedom Memorial – 2013

The  “Colorado Freedom Memorial” which, in 2013, was dedicated to the military personnel of Colorado who lost their lives in service to their country now stands in the city of Aurora.

Conclusion

During the post-war years,Aurora has a huge population growth spurt thanks to these three influential military bases and the population has nearly doubled in size since the 1970’s.  It is a town with steeped in diversity, community, change and growth.  It is a town that one must visit to understand the meaning of community!

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