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Welcome to Aurora ...

Aurora is located in Etowah County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Aurora, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1836.

When the people of Aurora refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Auroran<2>

Aurora is 880 feet [268 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Aurora lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Aurora (for example, toward Etna (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Communities Also Named Aurora ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 44 communities that are also named Aurora - they are located in Alaska (2), Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (2), Kansas (7), Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota (2), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico (3), New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas (2), Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Aurora.

Communities near Aurora ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Aurora.

  • Gadsden
  • Albertville
  • Boaz
  • Rainbow City
  • Southside
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southside
    • Southside lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the southeast of Aurora.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,046 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southside have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southside
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Southside<5>
  • Guntersville
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guntersville
    • Guntersville lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the north of Aurora.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,676 people
    • Former names for Guntersville:
    • Gunter's Ferry
    • Gunter's Landing
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guntersville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guntersville<5>
  • Oneonta
  • Attalla
  • Glencoe
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glencoe
    • Glencoe lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southeast of Aurora.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,080 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glencoe have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glencoe
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glencoe<5>
  • Crossville

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Aurora. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Aurora.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Aurora. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Aurora.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Aurora. See our Newspapers Page for Aurora.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Aurora ...

Looking for more information about Aurora? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Aurora, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Aurora.

Adding Aurora to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Aurora in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Aurora was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Aurora post office opened in 1836.

We also found Aurora in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Aurora.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Aurora. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Etowah, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Aurora refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Aurora may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Aurora - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Aurora) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Aurora. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AuroraOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aurora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1167, Longitude: -86.1918    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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