AURORA GHOST TOWN


I LOVE being dirty! Aurora ruins
Aurora is one of Cat's favorite ghost towns! This place has it all for the avid ghost towner, but you have to look for it! At first glance it looks like there is nothing left of Aurora but if you walk around the sagebrush there are hundreds of foundations and ruins! Aurora even has four separate mills in different states of decay.



Cat has found several bottles here, a glass checker, quartz crystals and even oyster shells! Oyster shells were eaten at the Esmerelda Hotel after a big strike back in Aurora's heyday. The foundations of the Esmerelda can also be found if your willing to look for it!
Personally, I like it because there are chipmunks EVERYWHERE!

Trying to catch critters

So if you visit Aurora, give yourself the time to really walk around and check the place out. Theres lots to see if you give it a chance!

One of Aurora's 4 mills

Ball mill inside one of the mills



Mike and Shawn exploring one of the mills Cat and I hanging out at one of the mills



Are these the ruins of the Esmerelda Hotel? Rob, Richard and Shane exploring Aurora

Inside a stamp at one of the mills sites






THE FOUR MARDEN CHILDREN DIED WITHIN DAYS OF EACH OTHER OF DIPTHERIA (THANKS CECILE FOR THE INFO)





Aurora has one of the best preserved cemetaries that we have visited over the years. There are actually two cemetaries at Aurora, old and the new. The new cemetary is the one seen above in the photos, and its fantastic! However, the old cemetary is worth a visit if only to see the grave of William Carder. He was a gunfighter who at different points in time was on both sides of the law. Carder was gunned down by a man who was in fear of him and whom Carder had threatned to kill earlier in the week. More about this story can be found in the book "Gunfighters, Highwaymen and Vigilantes" by Roger D McGrath.






This grave reads:
William E Carder
Native of Tennesse
Aged 33 Years
Was assasinated in Aurora on
the night of
December 10th, 1864
I will avenge saith the Lord
Erected by his wife Annie E.








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