Aurora, West Virginia

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Aurora
Census-designated place (CDP)
Aurora is located in West Virginia
Aurora
Aurora
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°19′27″N 79°33′16″W / 39.32417°N 79.55444°W / 39.32417; -79.55444Coordinates: 39°19′27″N 79°33′16″W / 39.32417°N 79.55444°W / 39.32417; -79.55444
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Area[1]
 • Total 2.109 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Land 2.109 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 201
 • Density 95/sq mi (37/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Aurora is a census-designated place (CDP) in Preston County, West Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 201.[2] Aurora was originally a German settlement. The town was originally called Salem and later Mount Carmel. Its current name was suggested because of the town's high altitude. One of the original settlers to the area was John Stough, a Lutheran minister. The primary industries throughout the early and mid-19th century were farming and timber. In the late 1880s the town became known as a resort area thanks to several large hotels which were built in the area. Some of these featured casinos, pools, and concert halls. In the 1930s an artist colony formed in the nearby Youghiogheny Forest area. Aurora is located on U.S. Route 50 between the Maryland state line and the town of Rowlesburg. Cathedral State Park is located to the east of Aurora's post office.

Located near Aurora are the Brookside Historic District, Gaymont and the Red Horse Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/06/13 through 5/10/13. National Park Service. 2013-05-17.