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Aurora is a city in Wise Countymarker, Texasmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 853 at the 2000 census.

Aurora was also a town in Jefferson Countymarker, Texasmarker, near the mouth of Taylor Bayou on Sabine Lakemarker. The present-day city of Port Arthurmarker 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 population density was 264.2 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, 1.99% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 1.52% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino 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 couples 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 School District.

  • K-5
    • Seven Hills Elementary
      • -Principal, Mary Dunlevy
      • -asst.Principal, Linda Miller

  • 6-8
    • Chisholm Trail Middle school
      • -Principal, Robert Thornell
      • -asst.Principal, Gwen McCormick
      • -asst.Principal, Barbara Barnes

  • 9-12
    • Northwest High School


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.


  1. Census Bureau status changes
  • Robert Wooster:

Further reading

  • 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).

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