Aurora in Sevier County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Settlement of Aurora
In 1879 the settlers bought a small canal that had been dug by Dr. Coons and Sons. It was enlarged, providing more water for their crops. Later, two more canals were dug. This gave the valley a good water supply and fulfilled a prophecy that the valley would be farmed from mountain to mountain. Drinking water from the river and canals caused many to develop typhoid fever, so all water was boiled until wells could be dug.
In 1879 a one-room log schoolhouse was built and used for both church and community activities. Maggie Keller was the first school teacher. Ernest Shepherd opened the first store in one room of his house. He played his violin for dances. Sidney Curtis and Andrew Anderson often played their accordions. A co-op was built in 1884. Another store, owned by John Larsen,
When the community applied to the government for a post office the name "Willow Bend" was changed, Numan Van Louvan, the first postmaster, suggested the name Aurora, after the Northern Lights.
Erected 2005 by Willow Bend Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 536.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 38° 55.169′ N, 111° 56.022′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Utah, in Sevier County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and West 100 South, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in city park. Marker is in this post office area: Aurora UT 84620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Outbreak of Black Hawk War (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Crosby Memorial Presbyterian Church and School of Salina (approx. 4.7 miles away); Salina Fort & Tithing Office (approx. 4.8 miles away); Old Rock Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Battle of Cedar Ridge Redmond Town Hall (approx. 7 miles away); Glenwood United Order (approx. 10½ miles away); Settlement of Axtell (approx. 11.1 miles away).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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