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Thursday, June 5, 2014

OLD TOWN AURORA, OREGON


This small quaint town maintains its vintage feeling from the past through its architecture. I felt the structures had lots of contrasting lines and angles that reflected the energy of the town. 

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  1. Well maintained facades. Those metal buildings up the hill were part of the economic landscape once; do you know what for?

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    1. Joanne -- Since the early 1900s Aurora has probably used these tall storage buildings for grass seed storage as seed production was the dominant economy in the Aurora area. I did spot one very large metal structure in Aurora that contained a shop of vintage architectural elements that had a worn sign permanently attached to the exterior that said something about seeds. Couldn't make out the rest of the words. So I would say you are right -- these structures were used for local economic reasons probably for commercial grass seed storage grown by the surrounding farms. thanks for your insightful comment -- barbara

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  2. I see I could buy my lottery ticket while in the grocery to buy my deli sandwich!! The town looks very bright and clean.

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    1. Florence -- This town's main economic base right now -- I think -- is antiques shops. Old buildings seem to be conducive to conducting antique sales. I didn't go in any but maybe next time I will -- they line the little main street. The 2010 population of Aurora was 918. thanks -- barbara

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    2. I tend to pass up those stores, but a friend of mine is fascinated by them,so whenever I go places with her I enjoy poking around, and I sometimes find something interesting to buy.. And the proprietors of these places are often friendly and chatty.

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  3. Those very steep roofs make a very interesting contrast with the ones below them. It's a very interesting picture. And the picket fence in the header is somehow says "summer" although I'm sure it's the same in all seasons.

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    1. June -- This little town had many picket fences around homes and a few commercial places. Personally I have always like the homespun feel of the picket fence. The terrain was a bit hilly so the steep roof buildings stood above the street buildings -- it felt rather festive-like to me. . thanks -- barbara

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  4. A very lively photo indeed. I would like to have a poke around in a place like that.

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    1. John -- I think you would enjoy this little town of about nine hundred folks. There is no new commercialism that I could spot and the old homes on main are antiques shops. The town is surrounded by old farms. I need to go back -- it was a small place with a lot of detail for cameras. thanks -- barbara

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  5. Good eye through the lens.

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    1. Tabor -- thanks -- this was totally a vernacular street scene --so vintage -- barbara

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  6. How you caught the abstract quality found here!

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    1. Rita -- I point and shoot and sometimes I am able to capture what I see with my lens. I was happy about this outcome. thanks -- barbara

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  7. A very colourful and sprightly place. This can't be a dull town.

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    1. RuneE -- thanks for the nice comment -- lots of folks were on the street in this little town -- always a sign of a lively town even if the town was small. -- barbara

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  8. Ah the interesting things you can find in these small towns. The history part what intrigues me the most....:)

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    1. troutbirder -- the history part intrigues me too. Particularly the social/cultural history. This little town has quite a bit of history If you want to know more history about Aurora visit this link:
      http://www.auroracolony.org/
      Enjoy and thanks for your comment -- barbara

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