Eldorado, Texas

Eldorado, Texas

Eldorado Texas is the county seat of Schleicher County. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Eldorado, the county seat of Schleicher County, is at the intersection of U.S. highways 190 and 277, forty-five miles south of San Angelo near the center of the county. The area was part of a grant made by the state of Texas to the Houston East and West Texas Railway Company in 1878, but the railroad laid no track there. In 1895 W. B. Silliman acquired half interest in one of the sections of land and formed a company with two other men to establish a new townsite. Silliman surveyed the site, named the new town Eldorado, opened a store, and attracted residents from nearby Verand by offering them free town lots if they would move to Eldorado. The post office at Verand was officially transferred to Eldorado in 1895, and by 1896 Eldorado had two general stores and 100 residents. The community's first school was established in 1897. When Schleicher County was organized in 1901, Eldorado was named county seat.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
1,717 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,951 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,951 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,019 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,061 1980 Texas Demographic Center
1,446 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,850 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,653 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,530 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,404 1930 Texas Demographic Center
850 1920 Texas Demographic Center
112 1900 Texas Demographic Center