Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

News & Events

Summer Job Openings

Got some free time over the summer? Want to put a little cash in your pocket? The City of Aurora is accepting applications for lifeguard and summer help with the Streets Department for the 2015 season. Applications can be picked-up at the Clerk Treasure's office Monday thru Friday (8 am to 4 pm).

Easter Egg Hunt

This year's Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 1pm. It will be located at Aurora City Park. Children up to 13 years old are welcome to participate, and will "hunt" in appropriate age groups. This event is being sponsored by the local Vietnam Veterans group.

Senior Dances On Main
Spring Dance

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Have a nice night out at this year's Spring Dance presented by Main Street Aurora. The dance runs from 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm. There will be music by Denver Brandt and the Wooden Wheels, a dinner will be provided by the Aurora Lions (proceeds go to Relay for Life), and there will be door prizes.

Admission: $5.00/person.

For more information call: 812-926-1100.

To view a flyer for this event Click Here

Upcoming 2015 Dances
July 11th - September 12th

Comprehensive Plan

To stay apprised of updates to the City of Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan or to leave comments, please visit:

A Letter From The City

As the first female City Manager for the City of Aurora, it is my honor and privilege to be a proactive facilitator for progress on behalf of Aurora’s future. The level of support from Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr., City Council, City Atty. Jeff Stratman, Clerk Treasurer/Utilities Supt. Randy Turner, City Departments and within the community has been astounding and so very appreciated.

As City Manager, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, my priority focus will be the coordination of Code Enforcement, Comprehensive Plan, Blight Elimination Program, Parks & Recreation, Aurora Community Center, Utilities and Infrastructure, Aurora Sewer Main Project & Main Street Sidewalk Program, as well as, analysis & review of administrative policies/procedures, seeking alternative revenue resources and determine budget savings strategies. As you can tell, our plate is full.

Aurora is known for its beautiful river vistas, welcoming spirit, volunteerism and historic heritage. A safe, vibrant, prosperous and actively engaged community lends to quality of life recognized as a common goal for local residents, families, local business owners, community leaders, and within our schools. I’m excited, energized and looking forward to working and living alongside the citizens of Aurora.

I encourage you to be a part of the Aurora Comprehensive Planning process for future development and downtown revitalization. Please feel free to stop by the City Building or email me at: for more information & share your vision for the City of Aurora.

Thank you again for your warm welcome and support,

Guinevere Emery

February - March

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City of Aurora
Curbside Recycling

Bins now available! Residents who would like to participate must call 812-926-5403 to request their free bins.

For more information about curside recycling Click Here

City of Aurora Legal Notice

The following is a legal notice to the citizens of Aurora involving the City Municipal Gas Utility.

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City of Spires - Aurora, Indiana
The Riverfront in the 1950's
by Michael Blaser

This lovely rendering of Aurora's riverfront, shown only in part at the top of this page, was commissioned by Doug & Marlene Denmure. The original oil painting hangs in the Aurora Public Library where it may be viewed and enjoyed by all.

Vistas of Aurora

Whether you come into Aurora by State Route 56, State Route 350, State Route 148, US 50, or the Ohio River, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic and yet constantly changing. The appealing panorama of the many spires and 19th century buildings is punctuated by countless small details which are attractive and creative; many of these features have been capturing people’s attention for a century or a century and a half. In this slide show, Main Street Aurora offers “Vistas of Aurora,” small scenes and details which are inviting in their unique and artistic simplicity. We hope you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other vistas which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!” Meanwhile, sit back, and enjoy our “Vistas of Aurora.”

Korean War Veterans Place Podium at
Aurora's River View Cemetary

On Wednesday, December 4th, members of the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4 of Aurora placed a beautiful podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery. The podium, made of black granite, will be used for future events held at the circle. In the past a podium had to be delivered to the circle for use by speakers. The podium was purchased from Gilpin Monuments in Versailles. The front of the podium displays the “POW-MIA” logo and the backside provides statistics of the Korean War.

The war began on June 25, 1950 and hostilities ended on July 27, 1953 with the signing of the cease fire. During that time 36,574 Americans were killed in action, 103,284 were wounded, and 8,177 are still missing or unaccounted for. The podium is to honor them as well as all Veterans who served as members of the Armed Forces during that era. Korean War Veterans Association Commander Luther Rice remarked that the Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” but for those Veterans that served during that period of time I can assure you that we have not “Forgotten”. Commander Rice thanked Randy Turner, President of the River View Cemetery Association, as well as all members of the Cemetery Association for approving the placement of the podium on the Circle.

Pictured: Korean War Veterans Association members that participated in the installation of the podium on the Soldiers Circle at River View Cemetery: Front Row Left to Right: George Niemeyer, Clarence Vogelsang, Bob Karp, Ralph Cole, Commander Luther Rice, PG Gentrup, Archie Abner, WWII Associate Member Captain Bill McClure, Randy Turner (President of the River View Cemetery Association), and Elvin Newmann.

City of Spires

City of Spires Historical Foundation and Museum is located at 111 Fifth Street with a beautiful view of the Ohio River. The church home of the Aurora Baptists from 1848 – 1872, the building was the house of worship for the First Evangelical United Church of Christ from 1872 until January of 2010. Today the facilities are under the auspices of the board and membership of City of Spires and are available for rental for weddings, vow renewals, meetings, worship, memorial services, and concerts. The sanctuary features stunning stained glass windows, an early twentieth century pipe organ, and seating for approximately one hundred and fifty. The museum is open for tours by appointment. Call 926-0944 for information.

Visit the City of Spires website at

New Businesses

Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr. and the City of Aurora along with the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce have welcomed the following new businesses and re-opened businesses to Aurora with ribbon cuttings since September 2012.

  • Aurora Floral's All About Home, manager Sandy Jordan, 412 Second St.

  • Art Angels, owners Claudia and William Phelps, 109 Third St.

  • Parlour of Aurora, owners Susan and Terry Bourquein, 305 Sunnyside Ave.

  • EveryDay Hair Design, owner Dena Tibbits, 211 Exporting Street

  • Comb’s Pizza, owner Bubby Combs, 329 Second Street

  • 3rd & Main Restaurant, owner Ron Sweeney, Corner of Third & Main

  • Personally Yours, owner Kerrie Ohlmansiek, 308 Third Street and Body Kneads by Sherry, owner Sherry Roland, 308 Third Street

  • Aurora Farm & Garden, owner Adam Kennett, 228 Exporting Street

Aurora Recreation and Community Center

Start the year right and join the Aurora Recreation and Community Center (ARCC). The most important thing you can do for your health is regular exercise. A moderate amount of activity performed three to five days per week can:

  • Improve your heart health
  • Improve your heart disease risk factors
  • Improve your strength and feeling of well-being

The ARCC has many fitness classes and programs to fit your individual needs. Call 926-2311 for more information.

Visit the ARCC website at

Join Today!

Aurora Public Library

Since 1901 Aurora has proudly offered its citizens what Andrew Carnegie called the “cradle of Democracy.” The Aurora Public Library has changed in countless ways over the course of its history but one thing remains the same: our dedication to patron service. Somewhere between our author visits and children’s programming, our bestsellers and book discussions, and our downloadable books and DVDs, you will experience the personal touch that makes our library more than books and bricks.

We invite you to come and experience your Educational, Informational, Recreational, and Personal public library.

Visit the library website at

Hillforest Historic Victorian
House Museum

Hillforest Museum is open for tours from April through December from 1-5pm and is closed on Mondays and major holidays.This magnificent house is situated on 10 acres overlooking the City of Aurora and has an incredible view of the Ohio River. Visit beautiful Hillforest decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays. Admission charged.

For more information call 812-926-0087.

Visit the Hillforest website at

Aurora, Indiana...

"A place where memories come alive, as new ones are created."