There was once a mining town named Aurora.
Located in the mountains northeast of Bodie, Aurora was founded in 1860 and was a contemporary of Virginia City and Austin.
It's most notable resident during those early boom years was Samuel Clemens, who sent dispatches to the Territorial Enterprise from the town southwest of Hawthorne.
Built of brick, the town existed, like Bodie, in a state of arrested decay. But those bricks sowed the destruction of the town, because people decided they wanted the antique bricks to build fireplaces and such.
Now there's not much left of Aurora, because people thought, …