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Chapter History


Organized July 14th, 1990

Toll Gate Creek Chapter was named for one of the five streams that wind their way through Aurora, joining with Sand Creek near the northern border of Aurora. The East and West branches of Toll Gate Creek meander through the historic DeLaney Farm (central area of Aurora near the Justice Center and the main branch of the Aurora Public Library), where it flows past the barn and one of the oldest farms in the city; one of the few remaining historical round barns in the country. The Tollgate stage stop was part of the Smoky Hill Trail that was the prime artery for high plains trade and travel during the 1860s.


On July 14th, 1990, forty-eight organizing and charter members assembled for their organizing meeting at the Raffles Hotel on South Parker Road with Ann T. Dillon (Mrs. William) as the organizing regent. On our 10th anniversary, the chapter reviewed what occurred 10 years prior at each meeting with the reading of our “Anniversary Moment.” On our 15th anniversary, members met for a celebration picnic. A tea was held in honor of our 20th anniversary, and members entertained guests with a Revolutionary War fashion show. Toll Gate Creek Chapter continues to be a part of the Aurora community. The chapter will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2015.


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These pages last updated on December 18, 2017.