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.

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City of Aurora Congratulates Great Crescent Brewery

Phone: (812)926-3273 ~ Visit us at: ~ Email:


Dan and Lani Valas started Great Crescent Brewery in November 2008 in a small storefront on 2nd Street. Since, they have expanded into a historic building built in 1843, which served as the warehouse for the Thomas and JW Gaff Distillery, located at 315 Importing Street in downtown Aurora. In 2013, Joe Valas became the third partner of the brewery specializing in graphic design work for the company.

Great Crescent Brewery is an award winning brewery receiving honors and recognition in local, regional, and national competitions. They are recognized by Indiana Artisan, and was recently accepted into the Indiana Grown program which supports and promotes products made in Indiana. All products are made at the Aurora location. There are 9 beers on tap and 3 soda's, including: Root Beer, Cream Soda and Sparkling Lime.

Fresh food is served for lunch and dinner. They specialize in smoked meats including: chicken, pork, salmon, and sausages. There are also variety of freshly made side items. The taproom is open Tuesday-Thursday 9am to 2pm and Friday and Saturday 9am to 9pm. A full copy of the menu and current beer selection is available on their website.

Great Crescent Brewery was selected for Best of the City in 2014 by Cincinnati Magazine. In addition to the brewery and taproom, The Brew House coffee house is located at the Mechanic Street entrance where locally roasted coffees from Funny Farm Coffee in Moore's Hill, Indiana, are brewed.

Great Crescent Brewery is the choice for many people wanting to celebrate with family and friends for special occasions. We frequently accommodate larger groups - contact Dan or Lani to find out if our taproom is the right fit for your party or event.

Riverfront Development

Downtown Historic Aurora - Riverfront Development Opportunity!!

Request for Proposals (RFP)
Gabbard Building & ajoining lots
106 Judiciary Street
Aurora, Indiana 47001

For Gabbard Building RFP: Click Here

Deadline for RFP submission to the City of Aurora - October 19th, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
For more information please contact Jarrad Holbrook at

Aurora Ghost Walk

Thursday, October 29th, 7:00 pm

Listen to eerie tales on a stroll through the historic downtown, then take a tour of Hillforest Victorian House Museum for more spooky stories. This FREE event starts at the St. Mary's Church Rectory, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora.

Reservations appreciated, call: 812-926-1100.

To see a flyer for the event Click Here

Coalition for Children's
Christmas Toys

Please donate your new, unwrapped toys and games to the Coalition Center located at 411 George Street in Aurora from Dec. 1st - 16th, 10 am - 4 pm. * Sat. Dec. 12th, 10 am - 12 pm. There are several ways you can help and 100% of donations stay in our community.

For more information contact: Karry Hollan, 812-926-1198 or Dee Hacker, 513-265-4400.

To see flyer Click Here

New ARCC Website Is Here!

The new site features all new visuals and navigation highlighting ARCC’s latest fitness programs, available equipment, and experienced staff. Soon to come, the site will also feature instructional videos on best practices utilizing ARCC’s equipment along with various fitness-related tips and techniques.

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New Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Aurora is pleased to announce that as of June 2015, the Dearborn County Planning Commission, thru an interlocal agreement, will become the designated Enforcement Officer and enforcement authority for the City’s Code of Ordinances and applicable Indiana Statutes related to zoning, planning and unsafe buildings.

To see the full press release Click Here

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

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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 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 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."