Aurora is a city in Wise
County, Texas, United States.
The population was 853 at the 2000
Aurora was also a town in
County, Texas, near the
mouth of Taylor Bayou on Sabine Lake. The present-day city of Port
Arthur has occupied this site since about 1895, when
Aurora became a ghost town.
Aurora is located at (33.058295, -97.516220).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 853
people, 312 households, and 245 families residing in the town. The
people per square mile (102.0/km²). There were 332 housing units at
an average density of 102.8/sq mi (39.7/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 94.49% White
, 0.23% African American
, 1.52% from other races
, and 1.52% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.99%
of the population.
There were 312 households out of which 31.1% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married
living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 19.2% of all
households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age
of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to
64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,656, and the
median income for a family was $36,731. Males had a median income
of $33,750 versus $22,361 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$14,876. About 12.0% of families and 13.8% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 16.4%
of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Town of Aurora is served by the Northwest Independent
- Seven Hills Elementary
- -Principal, Mary Dunlevy
- -asst.Principal, Linda Miller
- Chisholm Trail Middle school
- -Principal, Robert Thornell
- -asst.Principal, Gwen McCormick
- -asst.Principal, Barbara Barnes
Possible UFO Crash site
Aurora is best known for a purported UFO crash in April 1897, and
the ongoing legend that the UFO's pilot is supposedly buried in the
local cemetery. Although the town has embraced the legend to a
point (the city's website mentions the legend, and even features an
alien on the initial page), the cemetery association has refused
all requests to exhume the alien's purported gravesite.
- Census Bureau status changes
- Reed, S. G. (1941) A History of the Texas Railroads,
St. Clair, Houston; rpt. (1981) Arno, New York
- WPA Federal Writers' Project (1939) Port Arthur, Anson
Jones Press, Houston
- DNAlien, A novel by Jim West (2007).