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Eldorado, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Eldorado, Texas
Coordinates: 30°51′39″N 100°35′54″W / 30.86083°N 100.59833°W / 30.86083; -100.59833
Country United States
State Texas
County Schleicher
Area
 - Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 - Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,438 ft (743 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,951
 - Density 1,407.5/sq mi (543.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76936
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-22960[1]
GNIS feature ID 1356891[2]
FLDS Temple just outside Eldorado

Eldorado is a city in and the county seat of Schleicher County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 1,951 at the 2000 census.

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Yearning for Zion Ranch

Eldorado is the nearest city to the Yearning for Zion Ranch, the reported new headquarters of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints headed by convicted sex offender felon Warren Jeffs who refers to defrauding the welfare system as "bleeding the beast". Over 400 children were removed from the compound in April 2008, by Texas Child Protective Services.[4] Hundreds of children were taken into custody and temporarily placed into foster homes . The children were returned to their mothers shortly thereafter. [5] A woman in Colorado City, UT, associated with the FLDS is suspected of reporting in this and other similar cases in Colorado City, UT. [6]

Geography

Eldorado is located at 30°51′39″N 100°35′54″W / 30.86083°N 100.59833°W / 30.86083; -100.59833 (30.860746, -100.598329).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,951 people, 712 households, and 513 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,407.5 people per square mile (541.9/km²). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 604.6/sq mi (232.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.63% White, 2.15% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 24.24% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 53.92% of the population.

There were 712 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,682, and the median income for a family was $30,781. Males had a median income of $26,172 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,994. About 20.8% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.6% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The City of Eldorado is served by the Schleicher County Independent School District.

At the end of the 2007-2008 school year, the state of Texas ruled that Eldorado High School was Academically Unacceptable.[8]

Media Portrayals

The movie El Dorado, starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum, takes place in this city during the late 1800s.

The town produces some of the best athletes in the state. The most common names are the "Cathey Boys". The boys were the best athletes the town has ever known. They were recognized by people from all over the surrounding area.

References

Eldorado did not exist until 1895, well after the date John Wayne's El Dorado was supposedly set in a fictional Texas town

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