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    ELDORADO, TEXAS

    Schleicher County Seat, Texas Hill Country
    Highways 190 and 277
    45 miles S of San Angelo
    21 miles N of Sonora

    Population 1,951 (2000)

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    Schleicher County Courthouse and  jail, Eldorado, Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2002
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town dates to 1895 when W. B. Silliman and two partners surveyed former railroad land and named the future town Eldorado after the mythical city. To get residents, Silliman offered free town lots to residents of nearby Verland. Enough people took advantage of the offer that the post office moved there (still in 1895) and the next year the town had a population of 100. Eldorado was made county seat when Schleicher County was organized in 1901.

    Schleicher County held land rushes between 1901 and 1905, and Eldorado benefited from the new county residents. A proposed railroad link to San Angelo never materialized but Eldorado thrived nonetheless. By 1914 the population was 500 with all essential businesses and even a newspaper.

    A vote to incorporate in 1925 was revoked in 1927 when increased taxes and a city ordnance to keep livestock penned was met with scorn. A second petition resulted in re-incorporation in March of 1929. A railroad link between Sonora and to San Angelo became a reality in 1930 (The Kansas City, Mexico and Orient) passing through (and stopping at) Eldorado.

    During WWII West Texas Woolen Mills was established - making untold thousands of blankets for the military. The building and looms still stand. The population reached a high of 2,790 in the mid-1960s, but declined to only 1,400 ten years later. The railroad pulled up tracks in 1976.
    Eldorado Tx Woolen Mill
    Old Eldorado Woolen Mill
    Registered Historic Landmark

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
    Eldorado Tx - West Texas Woolen Mills Historical Marker
    West Texas Woolen Mills Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
    Eldorado Tx First Baptist Church
    First Baptist Church of Eldorado
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    Eldorado Tx First Baptist Church Historical Marker
    First Baptist Church Historical Marker
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    Eldorado Tx Museum
    Eldorado Museum
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    Eldorado Texas - 1930 T.K. Jones Building
    1930 T.K. Jones Building
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    Eldorado Tx - "Main 300" Street Tiles
    "Main 300" Street Tiles
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    Eldorado Tx - Scale House Fairbanks-Morse Scales
    Fairbanks-Morse Scales
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    Eldorado Tx - Scale House
    Scale House
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    Eldorado Tx Mural

    Eldorado Mural
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    Eldorado Tx West Texas Feed and Mercantile
    West Texas Feed and Mercantile
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    Top of The Divide Elev. 2439

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    Eldorado Tx - Tin Man Water Tower

    Water Tower
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