Aurora's first municipally designated landmark was displaced in 1950 when Cherry Creek Dam was built, flooding the old town of Melvin. Hauled to the southwest corner of Quincy Avenue and Parker Road, it became the Emerald Isle Tavern. Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society moved it to the current site on the Smoky Hill High School campus, where it was restored by the community in 1977–1978. The square bell tower, lost during the building's wild times as a tavern, has been replaced with a replica, and the linoleum flooring, kitchen, and other developments of the tavern era have been removed to create a sparkling restoration.
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