Fun Facts About Aurora, CO
Because of secrecy concerning operations at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora is favorite among the UFO conspiracy crowd.
In 1993, Aurora’s Cherry Creek State Park hosted the 8th ever World Youth Day, an event organized for young members of the Roman Catholic Church. The event was presided over by Pope John Paul II and marked the first time World Youth Day took place in an English-speaking nation.
Earlier this year, NerdWallet.com ranked Aurora America’s “Best Large City for Women in the Workforce” for its low cost of living, income equality and abundance of high tech jobs
In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Aurora Colorado’s “Sportstown” for the city’s “commitment to finding creative and resourceful ways to enhance sports.”
Buckley Air Force Base is by far and away from the biggest employer in Aurora, with over 12,000 employees. Anschutz Medical Campus is second with more than 6,000 workers.
Until 2009, it was illegal in Colorado, and by extension, Aurora, to catch rain for private use since the rainwater was considered the property of the state.
In 1976, Aurora was due for a significant exposure boost when the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. However, Colorado voters eventually decided to reject the games due to the cost and environmental concerns. The games were ultimately held in Innsbruck, Austria.
In 1955, then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower spent seven weeks recovering from a heart attack at Aurora’s Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.