Four buildings make up the Old Aurora Colony Museum and the old communal oxbarn serves as the main museum with three other houses having been moved next door. The oxbarn has seen many other incarnations in its life - general store, garage, etc. - but it has been a museum since 1966. A very informative 15 minute video starts you off on the road to...more
Upstairs in the Oxbarn Museum, among many other exhibits, you can see the old lathe which the community used to turn furniture on. The products in these cases were for use within the Colony and not for sale to the secular World. The large columns on the front of the General Store nearby were also turned on this lathe.more
An 1876 log cabin in which the Steinbach family - a later arriving family - lived for almost a decade was moved from its old site closer to the Willamette River, adjacent to the museum complex in 1967. The chinked loghouse is more in common with other northern Oregon pioneer houses than most of the other Colony houses, but like the other German...more
Another house that was moved to the museum complex in 1967, this house, built in 1865, is the only surviving board and batten Colony structure left. There are two large rooms on the main floor and upstairs. The house is decorated in the simple manner of the Colony. Fireplaces were situated entirely within the frame of the houses so that the entire...more
Also moved to the museum complex is this communal outbuilding which served as a summer kitchen/washing center. Upstairs clothes dried while downstairs, all sorts of cooking took place. In front of the Wash House is a large herb garden divided into four sections reminiscent of the cross. Edibles, spices, fragrances, flowers make up the different...more
This wagon was originally to be an ambulance for Dr Keil's oldest son, 18 year old Willie. Willie had contracted malaria in Bethel just before the original party was to start out for Oregon. Instead of an ambulance, it became Willie's hearse as he died May 19, 1855, four days before the wagons rolled. Dr Keil had promised Willie he could ride in...more
Generally when you see a restaurant parking lot filled with vehicles, you can expect that the food is either good or cheap, or some mixture of both that makes the place an attraction. However, in Aurora several once popular restaurants have closed, leaving the Colony Pub and Grille as one of the few remaining options.
This is not to say that their food isn't good. Much of it, however, is pretty standard American pub grub: the various burger options and fries and/or soup and/or etc.
I should point out that there are several sections of this restaurant: one section of it is mostly a pub section, while the north section of the restaurant is mostly restaurant. Those under 21 are welcome in the restaurant section of the restaurant until 9 at night, but can not go into the pub section of the restaurant.
Aurora is a small community and this is one of the places where the members of the community come together. It is very much a local community gathering place, and regular customers are greeted with a hug from the waitresses.
The restaurant does not have a web page exactly, but it does have a facebook page.
Favorite Dish: I have had the mushroom Swiss burger and fries for $7.75. It was a decent sized pile of food for the price.
Aurora was founded in the 1850s, and so the arrangement of city streets in that era was a little bit different. In some places the city streets in Aurora have taken on a much more modern appearance with wide streets that have paved parking and all that.However, it was not always the case, and in fact in parts of Aurora it still isn't the case....more
Canby Area Transit was incorporated to serve the city of Canby and connect it with the outside world when the city of Canby exited the TriMet transit district in Oregon due to its high cost.Today, CAT connects places that TriMet's service never did, and that includes a bus that operates on highway 99E through Aurora. The route that comes here is...more
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This little store is set up in the old Aurora train station. While they sometimes have a number of things that are train related, the fact is like any of the antique stores in Aurora they have a wide assortment that depends highly on what they happen across to acquire.However, they tend to have items that are from the 1920s through 1950s - the era...more
Located here on the south side of Aurora for as long as I can remember, the Candy Factory manufactures products for an assortment of stores and distributors. However, they have a true factory outlet store in front of their processing plant, which provides a direct point of sale to anyone who happens to be wandering by.Don't let the gravel parking...more
Unfortunately, in many cases when historic buildings are demolished the various pieces of the remains are usually just dumped in a landfill somewhere. In the Portland, Oregon area there are in fact several very large landfills that take nothing but demolition debris.As Aurora is a historic community, you would hope that such bits and pieces would...more
Aurora isn't that big a community even with all the new housing developments surrounding it. Therefore, it should not be too surprising that the city government is accommodated in a fairly compact facility.The old city water tower (not the new one further south of downtown) gives a pretty good landmark for finding the city hall, as the city hall...more
In a community as small as Aurora, the park system can not afford to be extensive. There is a single large city park south of highway 99E on Main Street. This park features a baseball diamond, several picnic shelters, some open grass, and a section of preserved forest. The preserved forest contains two of the picnic shelters and a reasonably nice...more