Town Profile: El Dorado Springs
El Dorado Springs is a quaint Victorian community that works hard to retain its sense of community spirit. Learn all about it from the points of view of its residents.
The streets in El Dorado Springs aren’t made of precious metal, even if it’s nickname is the City of Gold. The small town, however, was founded because of something that was considered to be just as good: healing waters.
In fact, two travelers discovered those waters: an ailing woman and her husband, passing through the area on the way to treatment. “The travelers drank the water, felt better and went home,” says Kimball Long, owner of the El Dorado Springs Sun newspaper. After that, news about the water spread quickly, and visitors began flocking to the spring. “People would come for a natural cure,” says Long. “That’s how the town started.”
El Dorado Springs has grown considerably since its official beginning in 1881. Today, the town may be small, but it’s definitely a strong community. “We’re just driven,” says Long.
Long knows this firsthand. She’s one of the founding members of the Spring City Revitalization Group, which was organized in 2005 to help better the town. Since then, they’ve installed new sidewalks and streetlights in the downtown area. They also organize several annual community events and fundraisers, including an annual homecoming picnic. According to Long, the town is also a great place for new industry. “You can do whatever you want in El Dorado Springs, because there’s no one to tell you not to,” says Long. “You could have all types of businesses.”
When it comes to recreation, there’s fun to be had—especially throughout the summer months. A new community center offers fitness classes and a place for kids to hang out. That’s not to mention the skating rink, swimming pool, golf course, gun museum, movie theater and plethora of ball programs for kids.
Believe it or not, there’s even a community band. The El Dorado Springs Community Band, which is the second oldest municipal band in the United States, performs historic tunes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer. The performances are free to attend. And don’t forget the spring: While they’re there, visitors can see (and sample) the water that started it all, right from a spigot in the middle of the park.