This map of Aurora, Illinois was published in 1882 by J.J. Stoner, a map maker from Madison, Wisconsin. The map has been lovingly restored by KNOWOL. Reproductions of the map are available through our store, and a free high resolution version can be viewed below.

The map shows a bird’s eye view of Aurora, IL just 25 years after East and West Aurora united to form one city. The two sides couldn’t agree which side of the river should house the public buildings, so they built them on Stolp Island in the middle of the Fox River.

Bird’s Eye View of Aurora, Illinois in 1882

Old Aurora landmarks on the map include Stolp Island, Aurora Masonic Hall, Greenfield’s Cheese Factory, Excelsior Brewery, Aurora Creamery, Aurora Opera House, Adams Electric Light Towers, an abandoned coal shaft, and more!

Reproductions of the map are available on museum quality, archival matte paper to ensure that this piece of Aurora, Illinois history can be passed on to the next generation. Click here to get yours, and then share with friends!