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Celebrate Cochran

June 10th, 2017

Richard Norris of New Jersey bought from the Government Land Office in Cincinnati the original sections of land that we now call West Aurora, but formerly Cochran.  In 1830 George Cochran purchased the land from Mr. Norris.  Mr. Cochran promoted the idea of a train from Cincinnati to St. Louis. 1854 was the first year any engine traveled the tracks to Cochran.  Cochran was a railroad town with nearly 300 workers employed at the shops at one time.

In Cochran there was a greehouse, produce farm, many small groceries, a dentist, several bars, gasoline stations, barbers, hair salons, rooming houses, hotels, churches, post office, school, fire departmet and Building and Loan.

Come Celebrate Cochran 1867-2017--150 years.

Talks & Tours
11-4pm - Tour Cochran School, 209 Center Street.
12:30 - Riding Tour of Cochran.
11- 4pm - Drury's The Big House, 603 West Conwell Street.
2:00pm - History of Cochran, 201 West Conwell Street, by Roy Lambert/Aurora Public Library.
3:00pm - Riding tour of Cochran.

Cruise-in
8am - 4pm - River City Classic Car Club, 211 Center Street

Decorated Bicycle Parade - Open to any Cochran or surrounding area resident
10am - Begins at Christian Life Center, 201 West Conwell Street
2pm - Awards will be given out at Christian Life Center

Prince & Princess Contest
This contest is open to all girls and boys, 4th through 6th grades, from all Aurora area schools.  A 200 word essay on "Why I Wish to be Prince/Princess of Cochran",  is all that is needed to enter. Cochran royality will be crowned prior to the parade at 10:00am. More information is available at the Local History Library @ The Depot - 510 2nd Street, and Main Street Aurora - 231 Main Street, Suite 210.

Food
10am - Hot Dogs, Chips, Water.
Alliance Chruch/Christian Life Center, 201 West Conwell Street.

For more information call 912-926-4363 or 812-926-1100.