Aurora - The Little Town That's a Bit Old Fashioned
Aurora, located between Amish Country and Backbone State Park in the northeast part of Buchanan County, is a small but mighty community. It boasts a 4th of July Celebration that began over 50 years ago, an annual American Legion Smelt Fry held on the 4th Friday in April, and a ten-acre City Park complete with pavilions, a baseball diamond and tennis court, a walking trail, a tractor & truck pulling track, and historical sites. The Aurora Comet Center houses the public library and a recreation center that includes a full size gym and weight room.
The citizens of Aurora are also very proud of their past. The Aurora Historical Society owns a large museum located in a restored 19th century hardware store building. It is filled with displays, photos, and memorabilia of local history. It is open during town events and by appointment. Call 319-634-3339 or 319-634-3396 to arrange a time.
Just one mile south of Aurora is Jakway Forest Park & Campground, the largest of Buchanan County's parks. In addition to camping, the park offers both hiking and horse trails, hunting in season, a 9-hole disc golf course, picnicking area, and a wildlife blind. The Richardson-Jakway House, a National Register of Historic Places property and fine example of 19th century pioneer living quarters, is located just inside the park entrance.
The town has several unique small businesses that are worth a visit. Leroy's Pub & Restaurant has daily drink and food specials. Black Earth Landscape provides supplies and adornments for your garden along with landscaping expertise and DIY workshops.