Aurora is located in Marion County, south of Portland, between Barlow and Hubbard, off of I-205, near the Willamette River. Founded in 1856 as a religious colony by Dr. William Keil, Aurora is virtually the same size today.
This part of the Willamette Valley was the destination of thousands of immigrants who crossed the Oregon Trail in the nineteenth century. After Dr. Keil died, the colonists disbanded, yet the town didn't become a ghost town. Aurora was designated a National Historic District in 1974.
Within easy walking distance in the historic district are sixteen antique shops (and 200 antique dealers throughout the city as a whole), as well as the five-building Old Aurora Colony Museum.
There is also an Aurora, North Carolina.
Aurora is part of the Salem, Oregon metro area.