North Aurora, IL
Explore the Fox Valley!
year was 1834; a German immigrant by the name of John Peter
Schneider moved his family from Pennsylvania to the Fox River Valley.
At a time when
local Pottawatomie, Ottawa, and Chippewa tribes still officially
owned the land to the south along the Fox River, Mr. Schneider
established a sawmill -- and dam to provide power for the mill -- along
the river in order to process lumber harvested
from the surrounding river valley. Schneider added a second mill
(grist mill for processing flour) later, and when the U.S. Postal
Service added an office there, it became known as "Schneider's Mills".
The name was changed to North Aurora in 1868 and incorporated in 1905.
Land was cleared, farmers settled in
the area and used lumber from Schneider's mill to build homes and
businesses. The corn and grains grown in the rich and fertile
river valley soil was processed at Schneider's grist mill; the local
economy flourished and the community started to grow. When a
branch of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad was extended to
the area, growth accelerated and North Aurora became a thriving
Even as the surrounding area has
literally exploded in terms of population and urban sprawl, the
modern-day Village of North Aurora has managed to maintain its quaint,
small-town atmosphere, although it continues to keep a forward-thinking
perspective, placing an emphasis on community and industry by attracting
new residents and new businesses; it has adopted the motto "The
Village with a view to the future".