A Real Estate Investor Created The Largest Suburb in Denver Colorado: Aurora Colorado
Denver is such a large metropolis that the suburbs have just seemed to be a natural occurrence. However, I was very surprised to learn that Aurora, Colorado actually became incorporated in the spring of 1891, just 32 years after Denver was founded as a gold mining town. In 1907, Aurora became the official name for the town of Fletcher, a four square mile of prairie that currently sits right about the area of the new Children’s Hospital.
Aurora has a proud and long history of military presence with Fitzsimons beginning and remaining in the area since 1918. Lowry Air Force Base opened in 1938 and closed in 1994 for redevelopment. Buckley Air Force Base currently is located in Aurora and are responsible for what locals refer to as “The Golf Balls”. The large structures seen on the horizon when looking east of Buckley and north of Colfax house satellites but have been the topic of several conspiracy theories.
Aurora’s history is shown in a variety ways at the Aurora History Museum. They describe it as:
“a public museum in the city of Aurora, is a community-based cultural center featuring changing history, culture, decorative arts, and fine arts exhibits focusing on a wide variety of topics. For researchers, the museum is the primary resource in Aurora for historic records, photographs, exhibition, and information.”
Aurora Colorado Today
Aurora now occupies 154 square acres and the population is around 346,000, according to the 2013 Census. Aurora is home to the Colorado Freedom Memorial, near Buckley Air Force Base. The names of nearly 6,000 service men and women who gave their lives since Colorado’s inception are etched in the glass panels of the memorial.
Another memorial park, although it doesn’t list Aurora as its location, it is on the edge of southeast Denver that most people still consider Aurora at 2601 South Havana Street. Babi Yar Park is a memorial to those who were victims of the 1941-1943 Soviet massacre of Ukrainian Jews. The park is designed in a way for a silent meditation and remembrance of those who passed. The landscape and sculpture are worth a trip to the Babi Yar Park.
If you have ever visited DIA (Denver International Airport), you would wonder how it is NOT considered a part of Aurora. The Denver International Airport is surrounded by Aurora but was actually annexed by Denver in 1988. Currently, there is tremendous debate over the location of the Airport and its development regarding claims to the property and the original arrangement regarding development.
If you are planning on visiting or relocating to this growing area, find out more about the local businesses, amenities and more at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Aurora is a great place to invest in a rental home, and we would love to help you manage it and increase your financial legacy.
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