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AURORA, a city of Kane county, Illinois, U.S.A., in the
N.E. part of the state, on the Fox river, about 37 m. W. of
Chicago. Pop. (1890) 19,688; (1900) 24,147, of whom 5075 were
foreign-born; (1910) 29,807. Aurora is served by the Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy, the Chicago & North-Western, the Elgin,
Joliet & Eastern, and the Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota railways,
and is connected with Chicago by an electric line. The
city has a soldiers’ memorial hall, erected by popular
subscription, and a Carnegie library. Aurora is an important
manufacturing centre; among its manufactures are railway cars—the
shops of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railway being
here—flour and cotton, carriages, hardware specialties, corsets,
suspenders, stoves and silver-plate. In 1905 the city’s factory
products were valued at ,329,028, an increase of 30% in 5 years.
The municipality owns and operates the water-works and electric-lighting
plants. The first settlement in the vicinity of Aurora
was made in 1834. In 1845 the village of East Aurora was
incorporated, and West Aurora was incorporated nine years later.
In 1853 the two villages were united under a city charter, which
was superseded by a revised charter in 1887.
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