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Text Box: Aurora, MO Chamber of Commerce
121 E. Olive/PO Box 257
Aurora, MO  65605

Contact: Shannon Walker
Chamber Phone 417-678-4150
Chamber Fax     417-678-1387

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"To be a primary resource to local businesses
and community leaders providing educational
opportunities for stimulating business and
industrial growth, while preserving
the values and character of our community."

History of the Chamber

Stephen Elliot founded the City of Aurora on May 9, 1870. Lead and Zinc mining, and the encouragement of Andrew Pierce, Jr. to establish a train depot, resulted in expansion of Aurora between 1890 and 1912. The city has grown from a store established by John C. McNatt at Elm Branch to a city of 7,014 residents.

Aurora is the largest city located in Lawrence County, Missouri, on Highway 60.

Aurora, a city on the scenic Ozark Mountain Parkway, is on a direct route to the Ozark Mountains, and the famous Branson area, the pleasurable vacation spot of the Ozarks. Some of the best fishing, boating, waterskiing, and camping sites in the United States can be found within one-hour drive from Aurora. There are six lakes including Beaver, Bull Shoals, Norfork, Stockton, Table Rock, and Taneycomo, as well as several clear, fast streams within in an hour or less of Aurora.

Aurora has a municipal airport and scheduled major airline flights are available at nearby Springfield, which is 30 minutes away.

With the very beginnings of Aurora's development so came a genuine interest in business and industrial activity. With a far-sighted wisdom, business leaders formed and incorporated the Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce in May of 1939.

It was through diligence and the generosity of several groups and many townspeople that the Chamber was able to purchase and renovate the old 1906 Missouri Pacific Depot located at 121 East Olive. This depot was restored and the Chamber offices were set up in February of 1998.

This move also made possible a new home for the Aurora Historical Society. They have located their Museum in the Baggage area of the depot. Many persons visit the depot for the historic value as well as to gather area information from the Chamber.