With over 1800 graves, Aurora Cemetery claims more inhabitants than the town itself, with its population of 376. As you might imagine, not much happens in Aurora, Texas. There’s no courthouse, no historic town square, no central shopping area at all. There’s so little to this town that it’s nearly impossible to tell you are there.
Bizarre Incident Mentioned on its Historical Marker
Even so, Aurora Cemetery attracts a steady stream of curiosity seekers. They come to look for the grave of a space alien who allegedly crashed there in 1897. The bizarre incident is even mentioned on the graveyard’s Texas State Historical Marker. (For details on this, check out my blog posts and alien headstone photos at A to Z Texas: Alien Grave in Aurora and Alien Gravesite in Aurora Cemetery: The Roswell of Texas?.)
Footwear Themed Headstones
As someone who enjoys wandering through historic Texas cemeteries, I must say that the Aurora Cemetery is one of my favorites. It’s well-tended, filled with beautiful old trees, and full of bluebonnets in the springtime.
I also get a kick (pun intended!) out of these footwear-themed headstones in Aurora Cemetery. Two of them are for people with the last name Walker, while the cowboy boot headstone (that doubles as a vase) is for someone else. I’ve never seen anything like them in any other historic graveyard around here. If I ever find out the story behind them, I will let you know.