History in El Dorado abounds, from its very beginnings, through the discovery of oil in 1915, to more recent happenings.
Ever since Captain J. Cracklin exclaimed "El Dorado!" as he took in the golden reflection of the setting sun on the Walnut River in 1857, El Dorado's history has marched in step right along with that of our country.
The discovery of oil at the Stapleton#1 oil well on October 6, 1915 brought big changes to El Dorado and changed its history forever. At the Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central, one may step back in time and relive this extraordinary period of oil exploration in Butler County.
Here a visitor can tour an actual pump house and two styles of operational drilling rigs, an actual shotgun style house from company town Oil Hill, and view a wealth of artifacts and equipment from the early days of oil discovery. The museum boasts of housing the best collection of vintage operational oilfield equipment in the nation. Walking the street of a 1920's historic oil boom town, recreated on the museum's 10 acre grounds, will export the visitor back to that formative time.
Visit the original site of the Stapleton #1 Oil Well by traveling north of Sixth Street on Oil Hill Road, approximately 2.5 miles, following the signs.
El Dorado has its share of those brick and mortar markers of history, each telling their story to those patient enough to listen.
Did you know that the 44th President of the United States has strong ties to El Dorado? Learn about his grandparents, who lived in El Dorado, and more by visiting the link in the left hand column.