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Explore the Fox Valley!
Named for Joseph
and Samuel McCarty, brothers from New York state who built a sawmill
there in 1834, McCarty's Mill was the original name of the city that
was once home to about 500 Pottawatomie Indians and was incorporated
in 1845 as Aurora. Humble, yet progressive and
forward-thinking individuals helped establish
first textile mills and gristmills,
and later, heavy-machine building
that helped Aurora became a manufacturing center.
In 1856 the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
located its railcar construction and repair shops in Aurora to
become the city's largest employer until
the 1960s; the country's largest stone roundhouse
remains testament to that fact today as Walter Payton's Roundhouse
Illinois' second largest city -
straddling Kane, DuPage and Kendall counties - Aurora is today a thriving metropolis with a
population that has increased by more than 40% in the last decade of
the 20th century. Multiple business parks fringe the city and
the downtown area has seen a resurgence of welcome growth, helped by
the addition of the Hollywood Riverboat Casino. Home to a
wonderful mix of history, culture, entertainment and opportunity,
Aurora is yet another gem hiding along the shores of the Fox River
with much to be proud of. Come see the architecture, visit the
parks and museums, enjoy a night on the town, dinner at one of the
many fine restaurants in the area, or take in a Broadway show at the
Paramount Theater... and consider staying for a night or two.
There's far too much to see and do in a single day!