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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Aurora, Illinois
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|This building was originally a residence. An early photograph identifies it as the home of E.D. Huntoon, an early settler who came from Maine in 1837. Remnants of that building were found in the form of rough-hewn timber walls (the axe marks are . . . — — Map (db m170199) HM|
The Aurora Hotel was the City's first large hotel, and for many years, its tallest building. It was erected in 1917 on the site of a mill race and swimming hole. The Georgian style, fireproof building was designed by H. Ziegler Dietz and . . . — — Map (db m94232) HM|
Architect: Frank B. Gray — — Map (db m94243) HM|
|The Aurora Public Library had modest beginnings. Two small groups, "The Young Men's Literary & Historical Society" and "The Young Men's Association" merged in 1859 to become "The Young Men's Literary Association of Aurora". "The Aurora Library . . . — — Map (db m170246) HM|
|The nationally known Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Company was a producer of fine silver-plated dishes, ornaments, and tableware. Founded in 1869. Directed by many of Aurora's pioneer businessmen including Joseph Stolp, this company was one of . . . — — Map (db m69822) HM|
For those who fought and died
We cry with loving pride
For those who are not yet home
We won't let you stand alone
For those who are called survivor
We pledge our honor
For those who are named here
We will forever hold dear
Charles . . . — — Map (db m94259) WM|
|Easily one of the most unusual buildings in Aurora, this 1926 structure designed by the firm of Zimmerman, Saxe & Zimmerman is one of the few examples of Mayan Revival design. The architects altered their original, more traditional design when they . . . — — Map (db m69823) HM|
|Dedicated in memory of ”Our Fathers” Grand Army of the Republic, by the Illinois Department, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 ☆ 1865 ”Let us have faith, that right makes might and in that . . . — — Map (db m170252) WM|
|Aurora's east/west rivalry dates back to its beginnings. Arriving in 1834 from New York state, town founder Samuel McCarty constructed two mills on the east bank of the river, and the settlement of "McCarty Mills" grew up around them. The settlement . . . — — Map (db m170200) HM|
Architect - George Grant Elmslie
Prairie style with terra cotta
Prior to the late 1860s, a grand three-story Italianate style building, the H. H. Evans . . . — — Map (db m148600) HM|
|The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall was built in 1877-1878, and is one of Aurora's most widely recognized landmarks. The hall served as a meeting place for Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or "Union" veterans of the Civil War. After the . . . — — Map (db m170248) HM|
Two brothers, ages 24 & 22, from New York State,
built their log cabin, dam, and sawmill near this site. — — Map (db m94221) HM|
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Designed by Anker Sveere Graven and Arthur Guy Mayger in 1928, it was the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago. . . . — — Map (db m94241) HM|
|This 1924 building is one of the significant Prairie style designs by George Grant Elmslie. It reflects some of the best features of the Prairie style, such as openings with terra cotta ornament, and the incorporation of sculpture into the design, . . . — — Map (db m170249) HM|
Theatres designed in the early 20th century featured deep stages for vaudeville and other live entertainment. When silent movies became popular, vaudeville acts frequently preceded the movie, so the deep stages were still necessary. With the . . . — — Map (db m94216) HM|
|Aurora was the first city along the Lincoln Highway with street lights and was among the first in the nation to have them also. Yet again, enhancements to the highway spawned new commerce for communities along the road. With street lights, stores . . . — — Map (db m170198) HM|
Given to Aurora, in 1857.
By Roswell Wilder, 1784-1860;
Soldier in the War of 1812.
Landlord of the Wilder Hotel,
pioneer stage house;
Builder of first school
in West Aurora, 1839.
Public Benefactor. . . . — — Map (db m94246) HM|