State of the City 2012   The Hon. Thomas J. WeisnerCity of Aurora • 175 Years of Aurora   Mayor, City
Aurora Factoid                             Aurora is the second largest                             city in the state of I...
Thank You to Sponsor   WaubonseeCity of Aurora • 175 Years College   Community
Chief                             WaubonsieCity of Aurora • 175 Years
S. McCarty                             1810-1889City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1881, Aurora was one of                             the first cities in the ...
Joseph Stolp                              1812-1899City of Aurora • 175 Years
Stolp Flood                               c. 1857City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             The July 17-18, 1996, flood                             measured 16.9” of rain ...
McCarty Mills c.                                 1858City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora House c.                                  1854City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1837, the post office was                             established in Aurora....
Steam Engine                                c. 1865City of Aurora • 175 Years
Stolp Island                               c. 1866City of Aurora • 175 Years
Grocery                             c. 1874City of Aurora • 175 Years
Circus Parade                                 c. 1890City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             Six public school districts                             serve the Aurora commun...
Riverview Park                                 c. 1907City of Aurora • 175 Years
Minor League Ball                                  c. 1911City of Aurora • 175 Years
City of Aurora • 175 Years
First Cars                             Early 1900sCity of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             Aurora has one of the                             largest collections of Sears ...
GAR                             c. 1905City of Aurora • 175 Years
Driving Park                                c. 1908City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1906, a tornado struck                             the Aurora Driving Park –...
GAR Arch                              c. 1909City of Aurora • 175 Years
Downer Bridge                                c. 1910City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             The century-old sports                             rivalry between East Aurora ...
Auto Parade                               c. 1910City of Aurora • 175 Years
Well Works                              c. 1912City of Aurora • 175 Years
Downer Bridge                                c. 1912City of Aurora • 175 Years
Armistice Day                                 1918City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             When constructed in 1927,                             Leland Tower on Stolp Isl...
Sylvandell                              c. 1920City of Aurora • 175 Years
Elevated Train c.                                   1922City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             Aurora has examples of                             some of the greatest        ...
Broadway St.                                c. 1926City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Hotel c.                                 1927City of Aurora • 175 Years
Leland Hotel                                c. 1927City of Aurora • 175 Years
Expo Park                              c. 1930City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1856, the Roundhouse                             was built. It was the large...
Paramount                               c. 1931City of Aurora • 175 Years
Paramount                               c. 1931City of Aurora • 175 Years
Zephyr                             c. 1934City of Aurora • 175 Years
Old Second                               c. 1938City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             Chartered in 1847 and                             recognized by the State in   ...
Galena Blvd                               c. 1948City of Aurora • 175 Years
Barber-Greene                                c. 1949City of Aurora • 175 Years
Stolp Island                               c. 1950City of Aurora • 175 Years
Downtown                              c. 1950City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1993, the Hollywood                             Casino opened in downtown   ...
Cotton Mills                               c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
Downtown Aerial                                c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
Roundhouse                               c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
Broadway St.                                c. 1960City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             Two sitting presidents have                             visited Aurora.        ...
Pres. Kennedy                                c. 1960City of Aurora • 175 Years
Downtown                              c. 1967City of Aurora • 175 Years
City of Aurora • 175 Years
Burlington Sta                                c. 1969City of Aurora • 175 Years
Police Station                                c. 1972City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             In 1975, the Fox Valley Mall                             was built.            ...
Roundhouse                               c. 1981City of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             The 2000-2003 U.S. Census                             named Aurora the 34th    ...
Tivoli TheaterCity of Aurora • 175 Years
Aurora Factoid                             The Tivoli Theatre, which                             was opened in 1928, was  ...
City of Aurora • 175 Years
Thank you to the      Aurora Historical Society        for providing photos        for today’s program.         Visit them...
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We received a number of requests from community members to share the Powerpoint slides from the March 29 State of the City address. As Aurora, Illinois, celebrates its 175th birthday, here are some historical photos and some facts about our great City. Enjoy.

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  1. 1. State of the City 2012 The Hon. Thomas J. WeisnerCity of Aurora • 175 Years of Aurora Mayor, City
  2. 2. Aurora Factoid Aurora is the second largest city in the state of Illinois with a population of 197,899 residents. It is the 112th largest city in the United States.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  3. 3. Thank You to Sponsor WaubonseeCity of Aurora • 175 Years College Community
  4. 4. Chief WaubonsieCity of Aurora • 175 Years
  5. 5. S. McCarty 1810-1889City of Aurora • 175 Years
  6. 6. Aurora Factoid In 1881, Aurora was one of the first cities in the nation to have all-electric street lights – thus the nickname “The City of Lights.”City of Aurora • 175 Years
  7. 7. Joseph Stolp 1812-1899City of Aurora • 175 Years
  8. 8. Stolp Flood c. 1857City of Aurora • 175 Years
  9. 9. Aurora Factoid The July 17-18, 1996, flood measured 16.9” of rain in 24 hours. It holds the State record for rainfall. It is also the second highest nationally.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  10. 10. McCarty Mills c. 1858City of Aurora • 175 Years
  11. 11. Aurora House c. 1854City of Aurora • 175 Years
  12. 12. Aurora Factoid In 1837, the post office was established in Aurora. In 1857, the East and West sides joined together and incorporated. Stolp Island was selected for the municipal locations because it was the central.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  13. 13. Steam Engine c. 1865City of Aurora • 175 Years
  14. 14. Stolp Island c. 1866City of Aurora • 175 Years
  15. 15. Grocery c. 1874City of Aurora • 175 Years
  16. 16. Circus Parade c. 1890City of Aurora • 175 Years
  17. 17. Aurora Factoid Six public school districts serve the Aurora community with more than 46 schools. In addition, there are 22 other schools, including IMSA, three Catholic high schools, and seven Catholic elementary schools.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  18. 18. Riverview Park c. 1907City of Aurora • 175 Years
  19. 19. Minor League Ball c. 1911City of Aurora • 175 Years
  20. 20. City of Aurora • 175 Years
  21. 21. First Cars Early 1900sCity of Aurora • 175 Years
  22. 22. Aurora Factoid Aurora has one of the largest collections of Sears Catalog Homes with more than 50 examples. There are also seven examples of Lustron (all- steel) homes in the City.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  23. 23. GAR c. 1905City of Aurora • 175 Years
  24. 24. Driving Park c. 1908City of Aurora • 175 Years
  25. 25. Aurora Factoid In 1906, a tornado struck the Aurora Driving Park – where Riddle Highlands is today. However, that evening’s grandstand was full for the Ringling Brothers’ "Greatest Show on Earth" circus.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  26. 26. GAR Arch c. 1909City of Aurora • 175 Years
  27. 27. Downer Bridge c. 1910City of Aurora • 175 Years
  28. 28. Aurora Factoid The century-old sports rivalry between East Aurora #131 and West Aurora #129 is the oldest continuous rivalry in the State of Illinois.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  29. 29. Auto Parade c. 1910City of Aurora • 175 Years
  30. 30. Well Works c. 1912City of Aurora • 175 Years
  31. 31. Downer Bridge c. 1912City of Aurora • 175 Years
  32. 32. Armistice Day 1918City of Aurora • 175 Years
  33. 33. Aurora Factoid When constructed in 1927, Leland Tower on Stolp Island was the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  34. 34. Sylvandell c. 1920City of Aurora • 175 Years
  35. 35. Elevated Train c. 1922City of Aurora • 175 Years
  36. 36. Aurora Factoid Aurora has examples of some of the greatest architects, including: • Frank Lloyd Wright, • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, • Bruce Goff, and • George Grant ElmslieCity of Aurora • 175 Years
  37. 37. Broadway St. c. 1926City of Aurora • 175 Years
  38. 38. Aurora Hotel c. 1927City of Aurora • 175 Years
  39. 39. Leland Hotel c. 1927City of Aurora • 175 Years
  40. 40. Expo Park c. 1930City of Aurora • 175 Years
  41. 41. Aurora Factoid In 1856, the Roundhouse was built. It was the largest employer in the area until the 1960s. Today, Two Brothers operate the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  42. 42. Paramount c. 1931City of Aurora • 175 Years
  43. 43. Paramount c. 1931City of Aurora • 175 Years
  44. 44. Zephyr c. 1934City of Aurora • 175 Years
  45. 45. Old Second c. 1938City of Aurora • 175 Years
  46. 46. Aurora Factoid Chartered in 1847 and recognized by the State in 1851, East Aurora District 131 was the first free public school district in Illinois.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  47. 47. Galena Blvd c. 1948City of Aurora • 175 Years
  48. 48. Barber-Greene c. 1949City of Aurora • 175 Years
  49. 49. Stolp Island c. 1950City of Aurora • 175 Years
  50. 50. Downtown c. 1950City of Aurora • 175 Years
  51. 51. Aurora Factoid In 1993, the Hollywood Casino opened in downtown Aurora. The Paramount Theatre, built 1931, was once one of 11 theaters in the City.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  52. 52. Cotton Mills c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
  53. 53. Downtown Aerial c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
  54. 54. Roundhouse c. 1955City of Aurora • 175 Years
  55. 55. Broadway St. c. 1960City of Aurora • 175 Years
  56. 56. Aurora Factoid Two sitting presidents have visited Aurora. In 1904, Theodore Roosevelt visited. In 2006, George W. Bush visited the community.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  57. 57. Pres. Kennedy c. 1960City of Aurora • 175 Years
  58. 58. Downtown c. 1967City of Aurora • 175 Years
  59. 59. City of Aurora • 175 Years
  60. 60. Burlington Sta c. 1969City of Aurora • 175 Years
  61. 61. Police Station c. 1972City of Aurora • 175 Years
  62. 62. Aurora Factoid In 1975, the Fox Valley Mall was built. In 2004, the Chicago Premium Outlets opened. Today, the Aurora region boasts more than $2.4 billion in retail sales.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  63. 63. Roundhouse c. 1981City of Aurora • 175 Years
  64. 64. Aurora Factoid The 2000-2003 U.S. Census named Aurora the 34th fastest growing in the nation. The 2000-2009 U.S. Census names it 46th fastest growing for cities over 100,000City of Aurora • 175 Years
  65. 65. Tivoli TheaterCity of Aurora • 175 Years
  66. 66. Aurora Factoid The Tivoli Theatre, which was opened in 1928, was designed by Rapp & Rapp who also designed the Paramount. It was closed in 1981. Today, the Chamber offices and Casino parking garage are on that site.City of Aurora • 175 Years
  67. 67. City of Aurora • 175 Years
  68. 68. Thank you to the Aurora Historical Society for providing photos for today’s program. Visit them online at www.AuroraHistory.netCity of Aurora • 175 Years

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