Aurora originated in the 1880s as the town of Fletcher, taking its name from Denver businessman Donald Fletcher who saw it as a real estate opperuntity. He and his partners staked out four square miles east of Denver, but the town struggled after the Silver Crash of 1893. At that point Fletcher skipped town, leaving the community with huge water debt. Inhabitants decided to rename the town Aurora in 1907, after one of the subdivisions composing the town, and Aurora slowly began to grow in Denver's shadow becoming the fastest growing city in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Aurora is composed of hundred of subdivisions.
Aurora spans Arapahoe and Adams counties, with the extreme southeaster portion of the city extending into Douglas County. Aurora is one of the principle cities of the Denver Metro area. Aurora is a major hub of athletics and hometown to numerous pro football, basketball, hockey and soccer player. Denver makes Aurora seem like a simple suburb of the larger metropolis but this bustling city has a flavor of its own. With seven golf courses to enjoy, a reservoir beach to swim or boat in, hiking trails and a multi-use Sports Park.