El Dorado, Arkansas Facts:
- County: Union
- Coverage Area (Total): 16.4 sq. miles
- Elevation: 269 ft.
- Population: 18,884
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Arkansas – Bearden, Calion, Camden, El Dorado, Emerson, Hampton, Junction City, Louann, Macedonia, Magnolia, McNeil, Mt Holly, Norphlet, Smackover, Stephens, Strong, Urbana, Village; Louisiana – Junction City
El Dorado's nickname is "Arkansas's Original Boomtown" as it is best known for being at the heart of the South Arkansas oil boom of the 1920s. It serves as headquarters of the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission and several Fortune 500 companies, such as Murphy Oil Corporation, Deltic Timber Corporation, and Lion Oil Refinery.
In 2009, El Dorado was voted as having "America's Best Downtown" as it has become an area rich in southern charm and history. In 2011, the city earned two City of Distinction awards, taking top honors for Mainstreet Preservation and Quality of Life. El Dorado's local MusicFest was also named the 2011 Arkansas Festival of the Year.
El Dorado maintains a variety of attractions including:
- Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
- Musicfest El Dorado
- Newton House Museum
- South Arkansas Arboretum
- South Arkansas Arts Center
- South Arkansas Symphony