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Aurora, Co. was first known as the town of Fletcher. The town's name sake, Donald Fletcher, founded the town in 1891 on the plains east of Denver. The real estate tycoon left two years later, leaving the new residents with bond payments for non-existent water. The town was renamed Aurora (Latin for dawn) in 1907, and remained a small community until after World War II. Postwar suburban development transformed the town into what became the fastest growing city in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

This city leads the nation in redevelopment, with the creation of new housing and recreational and technical-business plazas in and around the former airfields. Aurora is also home to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Fitzsimons), a world-class academic health center, with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

The Aurora area also features three public reservoirs as well as a number of parks and public golf courses. At just 15 minutes away, Aurora is conveniently close to the Denver International Airport.

Map: Aurora

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Adams

Proximity to other towns: Located 18.3 miles from Denver, 9 miles from Greenwood Village, 12 miles from Commerce City, 14.4 miles from Englewood, 15.9 miles from Littleton

Population: 303,582

Elevation: 5,435 feet

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