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Near Hawthorne in Mineral County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Aurora

 
 
Aurora Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
1. Aurora Marker
Inscription. Aurora, founded in 1860, was claimed by both California and Nevada. In 1861, the California legislature created Mono County and fixed the county seat here. In 1863 a border survey showed the camp was in Nevada and the Mono County seat was moved to its current site at Bridgeport.
 
Erected 1986 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.44′ N, 118° 54.01′ W. Marker is near Hawthorne, Nevada, in Mineral County. Touch for map. Aurora is in the middle of nowhere (almost). The contributor took the Sweetwater/Walker River Road (dirt/gravel) southwest from Nevada Highway 338 (California 182) between Wellington and Bridgeport. After approximately 22 miles head west on the road to the Esmeralda Mine (signed). Upon reaching the guard station, inquire how to get to Aurora. The last mile is best driven in a 4-wheel drive/high clearance vehicle. The road from Bodie is not recommended and the contributor is not recommending this one either. Marker is in this post office area: Hawthorne NV 89415, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fletcher (approx.
Aurora Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
2. Aurora Marker
The road to the right goes to the cemetery, the Aurora townsite is to the left.
4.6 miles away); James Stuart Cain (approx. 8.2 miles away in California); The Red Cloud Mine (approx. 8.2 miles away in California); Return to Bodie (approx. 8.2 miles away in California); Bodie (approx. 8.2 miles away in California); Life in Bodie (approx. 8.2 miles away in California); Bodey’s Grave (approx. 8.4 miles away in California); Bodie and Benton R. R. (approx. 12.3 miles away in California).
 
Also see . . .
1. Aurora - Nevada Ghost Town. History of the town is documented along with vintage and current photos. (Submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Aurora, Nevada - Originally Aurora, California. Aurora Nevada is a ghost town located 13 miles east of its more famous successor Bodie California. Slowly being reclaimed by the beautiful terrain that it once stood upon, now almost nothing remains. The lack of available wood and the towns thirst for growth may be the main factor in its disappearance after it was abandoned in the early 1900’s. (Submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Aurora Townsite image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
3. Aurora Townsite
Aurora Relics image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
4. Aurora Relics
Aurora Relics image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
5. Aurora Relics
Aurora Relics image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
6. Aurora Relics
Aurora Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
7. Aurora Cemetery
The grave of Nevada State Senator W.M. Boring.
Aurora Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 22, 2011
8. Aurora Cemetery
Campaigning In Aurora image. Click for full size.
By Nevada State Museum
9. Campaigning In Aurora
Even though most of the voters had left Aurora by 1890, there were still enough left to warrant a visit by R.K. Colcord (standing in wagon) who was running for, and later elected, Governor of Nevada.
Mark Twain Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Nevada State Museum
10. Mark Twain Cabin
It is reported that Mark Twain briefly occupied this cabin while he was prospecting for gold in the area.
Aurora, circa 1934 image. Click for full size.
credit Wikipedia, c. 1934
11. Aurora, circa 1934
Aurora image. Click for full size.
By Frasher Photo, circa 1949
12. Aurora
Stone and brick were more available than wood in the 1860's so the buildings of Aurora survived the weather better than nearby Bodie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 694 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   9, 10. submitted on December 13, 2011.   11. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   12. submitted on December 13, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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