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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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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

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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

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

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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 centre which offers shopping from some of the largest retail names to the smaller local businessesalongsidea great entertainment district. Southlands is only minutes from Aurora and Denver and just blocks from the fascinating trail system connectingall 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.

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 affords 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.

diner1 - Enjoy the wide choice of Aurora’s CuisineRosie’s Diner

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

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.

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!

Aurora, Colorado’s History Timeline

Aurora seated upon rolling prairie grassland leading to the Rockies!

A city of diverse cultures being a refugee hotspot along with its strong military influence has a rich history!

Aurora City Historical Timeline:

Basis for Aurora Public Schools – 1885

On the 6th April 1884, William Smith founded the educational system which was later to become Aurora Public Schools

Incorporation of the town of Fletcher – 1891

Incorporated as the town of Fletcher on April 30, 1891, Aurora was one of many suburbs springing up around Denver. Aurora, which was then, four square miles of prairie grassland and was named after one of the developers of the city, Donald Fletcher.  The town then boasted of Thirty-nine citizens, had fourteen new houses complete with indoor plumbing and the town had the beginnings of a water system.

East Denver Water Company – 1891

The water bonds were sold in the summer of 1881 and became the East Denver Water Company.

Electric Railway Trolley line – 1893

In January 1893 the Colfax Avenue Trolley Line was opened from the State Capitol to Dallas Street.

Silver and Drought Panic – 1893

A severe drought nearly crippled the town and put an end to the water system and caused a severe drop in housing prices.

Denver Achieves “Home Rule” – 1902

After a lot of perseverance Denver become the City and County of Denver achieving home rule in November of 1902!  This was signed into on 1st December 1902 by Governor Orman.  This legislation split the rest of Arapahoe County into Arapahoe and Adams counties having Colfax as their dividing line.

Town of Fletcher is renamed – 1907

The town of Fletcher was renamed Aurora

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Highway 40 is born from Colfax Avenue – 1926

Colfax Avenue becomes Highway 40, part of the first federal highway system.

The Denver Municipal Airport opens – 1929

On the 17th October 1929, the Denver Municipal Airport opened, this airport became known as Stapleton International Airport.

Conclusion

Despite various setbacks, the hardships of WWI Aurora persevered and by 1930 had more than two-thousand citizens for which the Colorado Secretary of State recognized Aurora as a city!

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