Top things to see and do in El Dorado: Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum 383 E. Central, El Dorado 316-321-9333 May 1 to Sept. 30 - Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Oct.1 to Apr. 30 - Tue. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. noon – 5 p.m. The Kansas Oil Museum is the leading museum dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in Kansas. Ten acres of outdoor exhibits include oil field equipment and historic buildings. Experience the tall grass prairie, discover the land, and be inspired by the Flint Hills through the permanent exhibit, “Glory of the Hills”. Coutts Memorial Museum of Art 110 N. Main St., El Dorado 316-321-1212 Open Mon. – Fri. 1 – 5 p.m.; Tue. and Thu. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. Noon – 4 p.m. Beyond the classic columns and heavy doors of the Bluestem Building, visitors find a warm personal atmosphere in which to enjoy the Coutts Memorial Collection which consists of over 1000 pieces including works by Renoir, Frederic Remington, Thomas Hart Benton and Prairie Printmakers. El Dorado – City of the Arts On October 14, 2006, Governor Kathleen Sebelius proclaimed El Dorado a City of the Arts, the only town in Kansas to bear such a distinction. Stroll through our downtown which contains 16 sculptures including a 10 X 25-foot mural entitled “Glory of the Hills” by artist Phil Epp which incorporates 570 handpainted ceramic tiles. Several private galleries offer original art. Kansas Flint Hills El Dorado sits in the heart of the beautiful Flint Hills. To enjoy the unique beauty of the continent’s largest remaining tract of tallgrass, follow the Daytrip itinerary on pages 16 and 17 of this book. You too will be captivated by the vast expanses and beautiful sunsets found in this Kansas treasure. El Dorado Lake and State Park Park office, 618 NE Bluestem Road, El Dorado 316-321-7180 Located just north and east of the City of El Dorado in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, El Dorado Lake offers 8,000 acres of liquid fun and 4,000 acres of developed parks and recreation area. Amenities include a variety of hiking, biking and horse trails, nearly 1100 campsites and 10 rentable cabins. Butler County Courthouse and Celebration of Freedom Memorial 205 W. Central, El Dorado 316-322-4300 On the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, the beautiful 1909 Romanesque-style courthouse will mark its one-hundredth birthday in 2009. Directly in front of the courthouse is the Celebration of Freedom Memorial, featuring a brick path memorial honoring over 900 veterans. Sovereign Wings, a six and one-half foot tall bronze eagle is the centerpiece of the memorial. Unique Shopping and Dining Experience our upscale niche shops and delicious dining for yourself! See pages 10 -13 for more information.
316.321.1485 Toll Free 877.858.5600 www.visiteldoradoks.com
“El Dorado!” exclaimed Captain J. Cracklin as he took in the golden reflection of the setting sun on the Walnut River, approaching with a party of settlers from Lawrence, Kansas in 1857.
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Early El Dorado experienced rapid growth, first, primarily due to good farm land and Flint Hills pastureland and then, as a result of the discovery of one of the largest oil fields in the state. Gateway to the scenic beauty of the Flint Hills, El Dorado will delight you. Relive the Kansas oil boom and encounter the Flint Hills at the Butler County History Center. Fine art galleries, sculptures and exhibits, upscale niche shops, delicious dining and 8,000 acres of liquid fun at El Dorado Lake await you! We welcome you to our town and sincerely hope you avail yourself of our many amenities. Enjoy your stay! Whether it’s for a weekend or a lifetime, El Dorado’s friendly residents offer you a golden experience you will likely never forget.
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For more information contact El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 E. Central El Dorado, KS 67042 316-321-1485 877-858-5600 www.visiteldoradoks.com
Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum 383 E. Central 316-321-9333 www.kansasoilmuseum.org This outstanding museum presents the fascinating history which makes El Dorado unique. The new permanent exhibit, Glory of the Hills, explores the lives of early inhabitants, settlers, and farmers and ranchers through historic photographs and artifacts. Farming and ranching were essential to the economy, but it was oil that brought national attention to El Dorado. Located on ten acres, this modern museum offers the visitor the opportunity to walk the street of a 1920’s historic oil boom town and view full size oil field equipment of the early boom days in El Dorado. The museum hosts a lively schedule of special events throughout the year, an interesting gift shop of Kansas gifts and history books, and a 4,000 volume research and genealogy library. Hours: May 1 to Sept. 30 - Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct.1 to Apr. 30 - Tue. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. noon – 5 p.m.
El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Historic McDonald Stadium 210 N. Griffith 316-322-7400 Honoring El Dorado baseball stand-out teams and individuals from El Dorado High School, Butler Community College, American Legion, El Dorado Broncos and the City of El Dorado through the years. Photographs and memorabilia tell individual stories. The museum is located on the grounds of historic McDonald Stadium, built as a WPA project in 1940. By appointment. WWII History Center 119 W. Central 316-322-8753 www.wwiihistorycenter.org Dedicated to the history of the World War II era, this new museum consists of a World War II Tribute Gallery, research library, exhibit area and gift shop. Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Erman B. White Gallery Butler Community College 901 S. Haverhill Rd. 316-322-3329 http://finearts.butlercc.edu/gallery.cfm This sophisticated gallery is host to professional and student art September through May. Traveling exhibits of all mediums are changed monthly. A student art sale is held each May. Private galleries A visit to any of El Dorado’s independent galleries will be time well spent. Original art of reputable area artists is featured in each. The Art Room 114 N. Main 316-321-3223 Bill Walton Studio and Art Gallery 135 1/2 N. Main 316-321-3722 Circle Gallery and Frame Shop/Iron Horse Concert Hall 315 S. Main 316-321-2105 Jim Clements Studio www.jimclementsart.com Time Light Images 112 N. Main 877-377-9630 www.time-light.com Main Street Sculpture Program/Sculpture Alley Downtown El Dorado An amazing collection of 16 sculptures, placed by individual investors, throughout the downtown area. Obtain a map of the walking tour at the El Dorado Main Street Office, 430 N. Main or the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 201 E. Central, or at eldoradomainstreet.org/sculpmap.htm Located on the north side of the Coutts Museum, Sculpture Alley features the work of renowned local and regional artists, including a 10 by 25 foot Flint Hills mural by Phil Epp and Terry Corbett, as well as a quiet place to sit and reflect. A respite from the hubbub of daily living. Tribute Mural El Dorado Municipal Building 220 E. First Street 316-321-9100 “In grateful tribute to those who serve from the Citizens of El Dorado” is the inscription on this ceramic relief mural by artist Norma Lynn Nicks. The mural recognizes all those who have served the City of El Dorado, and was paid for through private contributions.
1958 El Dorado Tornado Memorial Graham Park, 1600 Edgemoor In June of 2008, members of the El Dorado Rotary Club dedicated a memorial to the 13 victims who lost their lives in the tornado. The memorial features 13 pillars and an Aeolian harp, capturing the wind’s soft melody. The harp, designed by artist Ross Barrable, represents the community whose spirit was bent but not broken that day. Butler County Courthouse 205 W. Central 316-322-4300 Celebrates 100 year anniversary in 2009. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, this 1909 Richardsonian Romanesque style courthouse was built at a cost of $100,000. George P. Washburn, one of the best known 19th century Kansas architects, designed this structure to be the most dominant building in the community. The building’s solid rusticated stone-work and massive proportions, provide the ideal design for Butler County’s Courthouse. This building has continually operated as a county government facility and courthouse. Celebration of Freedom Memorial 205 W. Central 316-321-3150 Located on the lawn of the historic Butler County Court House, this is a brick path memorial honoring over 900 veterans, current members of the U.S. armed forces, and those who served on the home front. The centerpiece of the memorial, a six and one-half foot bronze eagle, “Sovereign Wings,” rests majestically on top of a large limestone and brick base. A second memorial walk features the Statue of Liberty and our flag. Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot 430 N. Main 316-321-9100 Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, this 1918 Mission/Spanish Revival style depot was designed by E.M. Tucker, chief engineer for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. It began as a wooden structure in 1883 in a town of less than 2,000 people. President Theodore Roosevelt stopped at this depot during his visit to El Dorado. Today visitors can enjoy the park-like depot grounds adorned by beautiful sculptures. The El Dorado Main Street Office and public meeting facilities are now housed inside the depot. To reserve, call the City of El Dorado. Stapleton #1 Historic Well Site North on Oil Hill Road from Sixth Street approximately 2.5 miles, following the signs Site of the October 6, 1915 Stapleton #1 discovery oil well which brought big changes to El Dorado and Kansas. Oil Hill boomtown was built here, and by 1919 was reported as the largest company-owned town in the world. Butler County had over 1,800 producing oil wells on 25,000 acres, making the El Dorado Oil Field the world’s storybook oil field at the time.
Carnegie Library 101 S. Star On December 2, 1912, as a result of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, the first public library building in El Dorado opened its doors. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, this Classical Revival style library was designed by architect John F. Stanton. The El Dorado Carnegie Library is one of 63 Carnegie funded libraries in Kansas. The building served as a library to the community until 1959 when the Bradford Memorial Library was built. Today it is a private business. Drive by only. McDonald Baseball Stadium 210 N. Griffith 316-322-7400 This 1940 historic stadium was a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project, originally named the Baseball Plant, and later renamed McDonald Baseball Stadium after popular recreation director and teacher James McDonald. It has been recently renovated and is the home of the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The stadium hosts the El Dorado Broncos Collegiate baseball team as well as the local American Legion, High School and BCC teams each season.
Evening True Lies 607 N. Oil Hill Road 316-320-9255 Where folks gather for an evening out on the town. Serving Kansas beef steaks, burgers and other favorites while you enjoy live western bands on Friday and Saturday nights; Texas Hold ‘em and pool tournaments during the week. Their kitchen is open seven days a week, starting at 5:30 a.m. with breakfast. Delivery is available upon request. Iron Horse Concert Hall 315 S. Main (behind Circle Gallery) 316-321-2105 www.shorock.com/ironhorse Proprietor Don Koke offers a dazzling array of diverse musicians and live music - folk, blues, country, celtic, and others - every Saturday evening from the fourth Saturday in September to the first Saturday in May. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10 per head. Butler Community College Music and Theater 901 S. Haverhill Road 316-322-3262 http://finearts.butlercc.edu If it’s a more cultured evening you are seeking, Butler Community College’s award winning music and theater departments can fill the bill. Butler’s vocal, instrumental and dance departments give 9 concerts yearly, and the theater performs 4 productions yearly. For a calendar, check their website.
Coutts Memorial Museum of Art 110 N. Main 316-321-1212 www.couttsmuseum.org Established by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. as a memorial to his late son, the Coutts museum is an unexpected delight. The fine art gallery features works by such artists as Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic Remington, the Prairie Printmakers (including Birger Sandzen)... even Renoir! Beyond the classic columns and heavy doors is a warm personal atmosphere in which to explore the surprising collection of original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Special exhibits change monthly; Brown Bag Luncheon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Hours: M - Fri., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; T, Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., noon to 4 p.m.
A City of the Arts Commerce Bank Atrium 112 E. Central 316-321-1250 Indulge yourself in many fine examples of original art of the Flint Hills, highlighted by journalist Rolla Clymer’s quotations that enshrine the grace of these beautiful hills. Enter through Commerce Bank main lobby.
Walnut Valley Sailing Club sailing lessons El Dorado Lake 316-636-2091 or 316-686-8823 www.wvsailing.com The Walnut Valley Sailing Club offers youth and adult sailing training using the STEP program for beginning, intermediate and advanced sailors. For fees and schedules visit the website. Star Vu Drive In Theater 1010 S. Haverhill Road 316-321-2444 One of the rare remaining drive in theaters in the state, Star Vu offers family friendly entertainment seasonally. Do your children know what a drive in theater is? Bring the family early and experience the evening outdoors before the movies start. Full service concession stand. Seasonal.
City Parks and Recreation Department 322-7400
Water Works Tennis Courts 380 E. Central
4 tennis courts
East Park E. Central & Woodland
Davis Landing Pond
Forest Park 900 N. Taylor
Municipal Pool, Band Shell, Skate Park
Gordy Park 300 S. Gordy
Outdoor Basketball court
Graham Park 1600 Edgemoor Dr.
Spray Park, 1958 Tornado Memorial
Library Park 600 S. Taylor
adjacent to Bradford Memorial Library
McCollum Park 800 E. McCollum North Main Park 1000 N. Main
x horseshoe pits, restrooms
Rice Park 100 Random Rd Rio Park 900 Osage
Riverview Park 900 E. Central
Walnut River spillway fishing
South Summit Park 500 S. Summit
Summit Park 200 N. Summit
handicapped accessible playground
Dog Park 400 E. Locust
18,000 sq ft, fully fenced
Sports Facilities Recreation Center 401 McCollum Road
Open daily: volleyball, basketball
Walnut River Complex 1384 NE Shady Creek Access
6 soccer fields, 2 softball diamonds
Central Park 200 N. Griffith
4 baseball fields
McDonald Stadium 200 N. Griffith
Galen Blackmore Stadium, USD 490, 1216 W. 3rd Ave
Football, Track complex
East Park Softball Diamonds Woodland & Locust
3 softball fields
Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train 316-321-6300 www.wagontrainkansas.com Enjoy the simplicity of frontier life for a weekend. Since 1979 the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train has provided authentic covered wagon trips through the scenic Kansas Flint Hills, an untouched part of the historic American Tallgrass Prairie. Weekend pioneers relive experiences of those who joined the great Westward Movement in the mid-19th Century. Trips available June through September.
Butler Community College Sporting Events 901 S. Haverhill Rd. 316-321-2222 http://grizzlies.butlercc.edu Get in on the excitement of watching the 6 time National Champion Butler Grizzlies football team! Experience the intensity of the Power Plant atmosphere during men’s and women’s basketball games. Check the Butler website for a full schedule of men and women’s sports and become a fan!
Hudson Gardens 409 NW 60th 316-377-0272 Hudson Gardens puts on the show of the season beginning in April. Pick your own spectacular cut flowers and home grown vegetables or have them delivered to your door. The season peaks with the annual Mum Festival in September where the mums are the biggest you have ever seen. Very desirable garden items can be found in their gift shop, and high quality nursery stock is available throughout the season. Open mid April through October 31st. Located 5 miles north of El Dorado on Highway 77.
Central Cinema 6 300 E. Central 316-321-7469 www.bbtheatres.com/eldoradodetails.asp A first class six-plex movie theater showing first run movies. Theater amenities include a full service concession, game room and party room.
El Dorado Skating Rink 2100 W. Central The skating rink has been the scene for old-fashioned fun for the past 50 plus years. Skate rental and sales; snack bar. Open Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.
City Bike Path
El Dorado YMCA 300 N. Main 316-320-9622 www.ymcawichita.org 43,000 square foot facility, built in 2002, offers the entire family fitness opportunities. Features indoor pool, gymnasium, racquetball courts, dance studios, weight room, fitness machines and Kid Zone. Guest fees available.
Walters’ Pumpkin Patch 10001 NW Highway 77 316-320-4150 www.walterspumpkinpatch.com Walters’ Pumpkin Patch gives your family a day on the farm that everyone will enjoy and treasure. Explore the Corn Maze! Ride hay wagons across the Creaky Bridge to the Haunted Cannery! The best pumpkin patch experience in the area. Darling gift shop with specialty pumpkin food items and unique fall and Christmas decor. Pumpkin Fest begins the third week in September and continues daily through October 31st. Covered outdoor seating for 200. Located ten miles north of El Dorado on Highway 77.
Prairie Bowl 307 S. Haverhill Road 316-321-2695 Open seven days a week. Cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sixteen lanes; snack bar. Call ahead for lane availability.
Bluestem 4 Bait Shop Bluestem Point Laundry parking lot 316-321-5052
Rent-a-Wave (rentals) 618 NE Bluestem Road 316-320-9283 (seasonal)
El Dorado Ace Hardware 609 N. Main 316-322-7500
Shady Creek Marina 1000 NE Marina Road 316-321-0943 www.shadycreek.com
Lucky Bait and Tackle 1220 N. Main 316-321-3443
Wal-Mart Super Center 301 S. Village Road 316-322-8100
Maynard’s Bait Service 2743 SE Conner Road 316-321-9675
Golf American Legion Golf Course 1801 W. Central 316-321-1295 Popular nine-hole public course of 3,495 yards; host to many local golf tournaments. Snack bar and pro shop. Prairie Trails Golf and Country Club 1100 Country Club Lane 316-321-4114 www.prairietrails.com/golfcourse.htm Beautiful semi-private 18-hole, par 71 course. Cart rental available. Trail’s End restaurant offers grill menu and bar in a casual atmosphere after the game. Memberships available, or non-members may call ahead for tee times.
Nature Trails Hunting
Approximately 4,000 acres of public hunting lands are available on the north end of El Dorado Lake. Approximately 2,000 acres within the park itself are available for hunting. Popularly hunted game are quail, pheasant, prairie chicken, turkey and deer. Contact the El Dorado State Park Office at 321-7180 for more information. Gary Sherman West Fork Outfitters Rt. 1 Box 106 Cassoday, KS 66842 316-320-7804 Flint Hills Hunting Preserve Bill Jackson Land and Guide Service 316-320-7020
J.S. Lucas Land and guide referrals 316-742-3738 Mark Womacks Timber Creek Wildlife Adventures P.O. Box 22 Rosalia, KS 67132 620-394-2393
Bait and Tackle Services
For directions visit: kdwp.state.ks.us/news/state_parks/locations/el_dorado Boulder Bluff Trail (12 miles) Offers a scenic stroll along the shoreline of El Dorado Lake. Equestrian campground available. Double Black Diamond Trail (2 miles) A challenging hiking/biking trail that winds through the wooded area near the Walnut River Teter Nature Trail (.75 miles) A diverse trail that winds through the Flint Hills down into a bottomland forest that contains a small stand of pawpaw trees. ADA Trail (2.5 miles) A semi-hardened trail that tours the scenic Walnut River campground.
El Dorado Bike/Walking Path
El Dorado Lake and State Park 618 NE Bluestem Road 316-321-7180 www.kdwp.state.ks.us Located just northeast of El Dorado, the El Dorado Lake and State Park is Kansas’ largest state park, offering 8,000 acres of liquid fun! There are four separate park areas that cover 4,000 acres along the shore of El Dorado Reservoir. Amenities include: • 1100 campsites • 10 group shelters • 10 cabins (5 deluxe with kitchens) • 10 boat ramps
• Full service marina, Shady Creek Marina • Sailboat marina • 24-site group campground • Laundry facilities in Walnut River area and Bluestem Point • Nature trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding
Starting at East Park, continuing east and north across Central Street and the Walnut River to North Main Park; north along Main, east on 12th Street, around Prairie Trails Country Club, and stretching to El Dorado Lake and State Park. The concrete path takes pedestrians or bikers on a lovely excursion from the city out to the wooded trail area below the El Dorado Lake dam. Safe and enjoyable entertainment for the whole family. 6.3 miles from one end to the other. Parking available at both ends of the trail, and off of 12th Street. For a map of the bike path, visit the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce or the City Park and Recreation Department.
The lake is the site of a number of annual fishing tournaments and other events such as Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day. The Walnut Valley Sailing Club offers sailing lessons and holds several sailboat regattas during the year. One of the most handicappped accessible parks in the state. Contact the lake office for camping information and cabin rentals. 7
Best Western Red Coach Inn www.bestwestern.com 2525 W Central 316-321-6900
El Dorado Motel 1111 E Central 316-321-3610
Heritage Inn 2515 W Central 316-321-6800
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites www.hiexpress.com/eldoradoks 3100 W. El Dorado Ave 316-322-7275 Stardust Motel 1127 N Main 316-321-3535
wireless & wired
Round or banquet tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, as well as set up and cleaning.
Super 8 Motel www.super8.com 2530 W Central 316-321-4888
El Dorado State Park www.kdwp.state.ks.us 618 NE Bluestem Road 316-321-7180
Sunflower Motel 210 W Kansas 316-321-9881
Bradford Memorial Library Butler Community College Butler County Community Bldg. Butler County History Center El Dorado Civic Center El Dorado Senior Center Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot Walters’ Pumpkin Patch
611 S. Washington Clymer Room 901 S. Haverhill Kansas Room 206 Griffith 383 E. Central www.kansasoilmuseum.org 201 E. Central www.eldoradochamber.com 210 E. Second 430 N. Main 10001 NW Hwy. 77 Outdoor Pavilion
Other equipment includes three portable podiums, a portable stage with steps, big screen for overhead projector or PowerPoint presentations, and an overhead projector. In addition there is a TV/VCR with utility carts and six sections of latticework backdrop. The facility is fully carpeted and provides spacious men’s and women’s restrooms. For more information contact the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at 316-321-3150, or visit the office housed inside the Civic Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabins At El Dorado Lake 316-321-7180
ADDITIONAL MEETING FACILITIES
The Civic Center is equipped with a built-in sound system with CD and cassette capabilities as well as 3 wireless microphones. A permanent dance floor will accommodate weddings and other celebratory events.
Sunset Inn 1901 W Central 316-321-9172 / 800-233-6355
Deer Grove RV Park www.deergrovervpark.com 2873 SE Hwy 54 316-321-6272
The El Dorado Civic Center is an ideal venue for large or small events. The facility offers 9,000 square feet of rentable space. The large assembly room is roughly 5,000 square feet and will accommodate 345 people, The smaller breakout rooms total 600 square feet and have a small kitchen area. Also available is the larger caterer’s kitchen.
High Speed Internet
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UNIQUE DINING Beijing
1905 W Central
Well-prepared Chinese favorites in a sitdown setting. Very popular with the locals
1111 E. Central
Authentic Italian quisine in a sit-down setting
China Star Buffet 316-321-2888
Edge of Town 316-321-9063
2350 W Central 2529 W Central 1212 E Central
Fiesta Mexicana 316-320-1700
127 N Main
Gizmo’s Flea Market Snack Bar 316-322-7661
107 N Main
Lunch counter serving “really good” sweet potato fries, hamburgers, and the famous veal sandwich. A local institution.
212 E Central 710 S Main
Oklahoma Boys BBQ 316-452-5535
626 N. Main 2521 W Central
Prairie Trails Golf and Country Club 316-321-4114
1100 Country Club Lane
Susie’s Chili Parlor 316-321-2242
124 S Main 607 N Oil Hill Road
151 N Main
Mountain Mudd 1824 W Central
Drive through coffee
Scooters Coffee House
Seattle style coffee, lunch items, pastries
Quick & Convenient Dining
Yes, all day
Meeting rooms available; catering up to 300
Yes, all day
Country cooking; some Cajun; plate-sized hamburgers Hickory smoked barbequed pork, sausage, beef and turkey; homemade desserts Festive atmosphere complimented by wonderful décor. Very authentic menu served by pleasant wait staff. Fine dining in very pleasant and upscale atmosphere. The chef offers daily specials Sunday Brunch and prime rib on Thurs. evenings. Spectacular views of the golf course from the dining room. Housed in historic downtown building. Yes; 6 - 11 a.m. Famous for chili, home made pies, great breakfasts, and other home cooked favorites. A favorite night time venue with a genuine cowboy/oilfield atmosphere. Menu offers steaks, Mexican food, burgers, appetizer baskets. Pool and poker available. Lively sports bar atmosphere, complete with big “belly-up-to” bar and plenty of TVs and tables. Menu offers steak, chicken strips, sandwiches.
316-321-4484 2222 W Central Coffee bar, used books
316-322-0211 142 N. Main
Sandwiches and other light fare to sustain flea market shoppers as they forage.
Home cooked diner food, daily specials, Sunday buffet. Nice atmosphere located on site of Best Western Red Coach Inn. Home cooked diner food, breakfast specials until 11 a.m., lunch specials. A favorite stop for truckers. Authentic Mexican fare in a pleasant sitdown atmosphere. Extensive menu from appetizers to dessert. Hot queso dip is mucho bueno! Separate bar.
Quaint favorite local lunch spot. Sandwiches, salads and fresh baked pastries are reliably delightful. Full menu of coffee drinks. Home of Carmen’s famous chicken salad.
139 N Main
All you can eat Chinese and American buffet
Jacob’s Well Coffee House & Café 316-321-1290
Guests welcome; catering available
1707 W Central
Braum’s Ice Cream
1940 W Central
2743 W Central
Dairy Queen Brazier
115 N Griffith
Dillons Store Chinese Kitchen
700 N Main
604 N Main
Freddy’s Frozen Custard
1809 W Central
1321 W Central
Kentucky Fried Chicken
2003 W Central
Long John Silvers
1825 W Central
2004 W Central
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
2348 W Central
2423 W Central
Pizza Hut Wing Street
729 N Main
1945 W Central
2005 W Central
1826 W Central
Subway in Walmart
301 S Village Rd
721 N Main
1530 W Central
301 S Village
700 N Main
Live bands most Fridays and Saturdays special menu after 9, Kitchen closes 9 pm; catering available
420 W Sixth
1310 N Main
1631 W Central
1320 W Central
2575 W Central 11
Gizmo’s Flea Market 107 N. Main 316-322-7661 7500 square feet of individual dealers’ booths. A wide variety of collectibles and antiques.
Dave’s Hallmark Shop 610 N. Main 316-321-3210 A Gold Crown Hallmark store. Heartland Monument 110 W. Kansas Avenue 316-322-7989 A non-traditional monument company that takes artistic expression in stone to a new level. Their creations are developed from sandblasting or carving granite, basalt, marble, limestone and sandstone for decorative yard art as well as commercial and residential signage. Truly unique and beautiful.
Home Lumber and Supply Co. 121 W. Ash 316-321-9717 Orscheln Farm and Home Supply 2354 W. Central 316-321-4004 Sears of El Dorado 130 N. Main 316-321-4000 Sutherland’s Home Improvement Center 2850 W. Central 316-322-7788
Upscale Niche Shopping District 142 142 N. Main A uniquely renovated historic building with retail and office spaces. The shops housed here rival any you might find in a larger metropolitan area. Beyond Napa Private Cellars 316-321-2345 Lovely selection of domestic and imported wines in cozy old world surrounding. Friendly advice on the perfect selection. Pink Saloon 316-321-PINK www.pinksaloon.com Offering an eclectic product mix with the best denim lines in the world. From denim and dresses to scarves and stilettos, Pink Saloon has you covered in style! Salon Knotty and Day Spa 316-452-5455 Your visit here is all about the pampered experience. Massage, tanning, body treatments, hair care, waxing, make- up application. Scooters Coffee House 316-322-0211 Where they have a passion for coffee and offer an extraordinary array of premium blends. Sandwiches, pastries and free WiFi. Satchel Creek Steaks 316-320-1937 All natural beef, raised in the Flint Hills of Kansas without additives. Full line of beef products, sauces, seasonings and more.
El Dorado Ace Hardware 609 N. Main 316-322-7500
Triple A Builders Supply 705 Haverhill Rd. 316-321-2480 Triple S Ranch Supply 2635 SE Highway 54 316-321-7514
Other Retail & Grocery Robin’s Women’s Apparel 103 S. Main 316-321-3280 You have to get dressed... do it well. Robin’s is the shopping destination for the well dressed female, with special selections for the young and trendy to the more mature wardrobe tastes. Robin’s has the latest in denim, casual to dressy attire, shoes and accessories. Personal service is a premium here. Silver Hill 1200 W. Central 316-322-8900 Wander from room to room discovering unique home décor and gift items in beautiful settings of European antique furniture. Fresh flowers and custom home décor.
Wal Mart Superstore 301 S. Village Rd. (off of W. Central) 316-322-8100 Dillon’s Grocery Store 700 N. Main 316-321-0332 For a complete list of El Dorado Chamber of Commerce member businesses visit www.eldoradochamber.com “Thank-you Thursday” special discounts on the first Thursday of each month in downtown El Dorado. Be sure to ask!
Haverhill Antiques 811 S. Haverhill 316-321-3199 Spacious building filled with art, furniture, primitives, depression and art glass, dolls, and more. Worth your time.
Farm, builders, sportsmen’s supply
Antiques and Flea Markets
Stone Creek Nursery 415 Metcalf Road 316-321-3331 Wonderful greenhouse nursery supplies, high quality annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, along with complete garden supply and a very interesting gift shop. The changing seasons are truly beautiful at Stone Creek. The holidays are a special time when the entire gift shop transforms to a Christmas wonderland. Sutherland’s Design Center 2850 W. Central 316-322-7788 Housed within Sutherland’s Home Improvement Center, the Design Center offers a wide selection of furnishings, home accessories and gift items. Can’t find it anywhere else? You might locate it at Sutherland’s. Walters Flowers and Interiors 124 N. Main 316-321-1740 Step into another world in this award winning floral and interior accessories shop. Recognized nationally for their designs, Walters is rated number one by customers from all over the U.S. Take time to explore nine thousand square feet of unique and unusual gifts, interior decorating ideas, floral arrangements and gourmet gift baskets. Christmas time at Walters is particularly enchanting! 13
Calendar of events 2009
APR 2009 Apr 3 - May 27
Art Exhibit Celebration in Flight: Women in Aviation Coutts Museum
Apr 15 - May 11 JAN 2009 Jan 26 - Feb 23
Art Exhibit Butler Art Faculty Erman B. White Gallery, BCC
Annual Student Art Exhibit Erman B. White Gallery, BCC
Apr 10, 11
Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt Annual event which draws hunters from across the country and around the world.
Apr 16, 17, 18
Kansas Day Birthday Bash Butler County History Center
Theatre Production Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
Feb 2 - 21
15th Annual Butler County School Art Exhibit K-8th Grades Coutts Museum
Apr 24 & 25
Dance Concert Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
Children’s Theatre Production Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
Feb 26 - April 3
Art Exhibit Curated by John Oehm Erman B. White Gallery, BCC
Feb 27 & 28
Instrumental Concert Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
MAR 2009 Mar 4 - 25
Jun 1 - 5
Sep - Oct
Thomas Hart Benton, traveling exhibit Coutts Museum
Jun 3, 4, 5
15th Annual Butler County School Art Exhibit High School and BCC Coutts Museum
Mar 6 & 7
Vocal Concert Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
Free College Class Day BCC
History Alive Program: Amelia Earhart Coutts Museum
May 1 & 2
Vocal Concert Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
May 8 & 9
Butler Jazz Days Fine Arts Theatre, BCC
BCC Student Art Sale Erman B. White Gallery, BCC
Butler Kids College Weekly, BCC
Vintage Baseball Game Wichita Bull Stockings vs. El Dorado Broncos McDonald Stadium
Selections from the Emprise Bank Art Collection Coutts Museum
International Windmillers Trade Show & Convention Butler County History Center
Sep 19 - Oct 31
Frontier Western Celebration Music, heritage events, NABA bull riding and more.
JUL 2009 Jul
Science Camp Butler County History Center
El Dorado Open Car Show Downtown El Dorado Walters’ Pumpkin Patch Opens
Walnut River Festival Downtown El Dorado Block Party
Sep 26 & 27
Goblin Egg Hunt Walters’ Pumpkin Patch
Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In El Dorado Municipal Airport Fireworks at El Dorado Lake & State Park
Jul 16 - 18
Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion El Dorado Lake
Jul 23 - 26
Prairie Port Festival Queen Pageant, Smoke On the Prairie BBQ Contest, concert at the lake, Arts & Crafts Fair, Flea Market, Cardboard Boat Races and MORE!
Jul 26-31 JUN 2009
Butler County Fair
OCT 2009 Oct 2-3
Haunted Cannery opens Walters’ Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch Pictures Walters’ Pumpkin Patch
en plein air Art Fair Butler County Courthouse Lawn
NOV 2009 Nov - Dec (dates TBA) Art Exhibit Homegrown: Art of Kansas Coutts Museum
Nov 7 - 11 AUG 2009
Celebration of Freedom Parade and activities
Art Exhibit Jewelry & Wearable Art Coutts Museum
A Taste of Butler Hudson Gardens - BIG meal, BIG deal! All food served is grown in Butler County.
DEC 2009 Dec
Christmas Event Butler County History Center
Kafir Corn Festival Butler County History Center
Butler Kids College Weekly, BCC
Elk River Suite...Watercolor paintings by Eleanor Crank Coutts Museum
Historic Church Tour: Religious Theme & Tea Butler County History Cener
Jun - Jul
Calendar of events 2009
Fine Art of Living Well Daytrip Coutts Memorial Museum of Art 110 North Main, El Dorado Established by W. Hall Coutts as a memorial to his son, this fine art gallery exhibits works by artists such as Charles Russell, Thomas Hart Benton, Frederic Remington and the Prairie Printmakers. Special exhibit monthly and admission is free. Hours are MWF, 1-5 p.m.; T,TH, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. noon– 4 p.m.
Erman B. White Gallery, Butler Community College 901 S. Haverhill Rd., El Dorado Located in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Butler Community College, this sophisticated gallery holds continually changing exhibits of quality contemporary professional and student artists all year.
Many El Dorado merchants are anxious to serve you! Here are just a few: District 142, 142 N. Main– Unique collection of shops in a historic downtown building. Be sure to visit Pink Saloon, Salon Knotty, Beyond Napa, Satchel Creek Steaks and Scooters Coffee House. Walters Flowers and Interiors, 124 N. Main– Award winning floral service and upscale gift/décor items in an extraordinarily beautiful surrounding. Robin’s, 113 W. Central– Unique, upscale women’s fashions and accessories Gizmo’s Flea Market/Snack Bar, 107 N. Main– Flea market treasures and antiques accompanied by luncheon and desserts under one roof Dave’s Hallmark Shop, 610 N. Main– A Gold Crown Hallmark Store Silver Hill, 1200 W. Central– European style flower market and unique gifts The Book Grinder, 2222 W. Central– Good selection of well –displayed used books, a great coffee bar and comfy chairs Haverhill Antiques, 811 S. Haverhill– Antiques of all types
El Dorado Main Street Sculpture Program Downtown El Dorado An amazing collection of 16 sculptures, placed by individual investors, throughout the downtown area. For a walking tour map, visit El Dorado Main Street, 430 N. Main, or the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. Central.
Stone Creek Nursery, 415 Metcalf– Extensive nursery stock, good selection of unique garden gifts
Downtown Galleries Downtown El Dorado Visit the private galleries located in the downtown area which exhibit and sell original work. Circle Gallery, 315 S. Main Jim Clements Studio, by appointment, 316-321-1538 Bill Walton Gallery, 135 1/2 North Main The Art Room, 114 North Main Time Light Images, 112 N. Main
Triple S Ranch Supply, 2635 E. Highway 54– Full line of ranch supply, clothing, hats, boots, ropes
Sutherland’s Home Design Center, 2850 W. Central– Large selection of home furnishings and finishes in a special section of the home improvement store
Hudson Gardens, 409 NW 60th– Nursery stock, unique gift items, fresh flowers and veggies in a tranquil country setting, 5 miles north of El Dorado on Highway 77. Seasonal Walters Pumpkin Patch, 10001 NW 77 Highway– Pick your own pumpkins, hay rack, corn maze, many fun children’s activities, pumpkin products and gift items, 10 miles north of El Dorado. Seasonal
Styles Unlimited Salon and Spa, 145 N. Main– Hair design, pedicure, manicure, facial, massage services @ Ease Massage and Bodywork, 124 S. Main– Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone massage services in a serene setting
Flint Hills Daytrip
El Dorado Lake and State Park- 8,000 surface acres of water, 1100 campsites from full utility to primitive; cabins available; hiking, biking, equestrian trails, and walk-in hunting. Park office, 618 NE Bluestem Rd., 316-321-7180.
Order a box lunch from Jacob’s Well Coffee House and Café, gas up your car, and get ready for a great day! Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central– The perfect place to start your tour of the beautiful Flint Hills to understand the wonder of this geographic treasure. The museum’s new permanent exhibit, Glory of the Hills, depicts the Flint Hills as a land full of possibilities. Historic photographs and artifacts explore the lives of early inhabitants, settlers, and farmers and ranchers who established the county’s agricultural identity and grazed their huge cattle herds on the rich bluestem grasses. Hours: May 1 to Sept. 30 - Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct.1 to Apr. 30 - Tue. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. noon – 5 p.m.
Shady Creek Marina, 1000 NE Marina Road– Bait, fuel, convenience items; Weekend Grill open in summer. Boat repair and sales
Highway K-177 from U.S. 54– From the Butler County History Center, travel east on U.S. Highway 54 4.75 miles to the junction of K-177. Travel north on 177, past scenic views of El Dorado Reservoir, 22 miles to the city of Cassoday, where literally thousands of motorcycle riders assemble on Motorcycle Sunday, the first Sunday of each month. If you can catch the Cassoday Café open, have a meal with some real cowboys! Keep going north out of Cassoday on 177, past Matfield Green, Bazaar and Cottonwood Falls, toward Strong City (28 miles). This stretch of highway from Cassoday to Council Grove has been designated a National Scenic Byway, and is one of the most enjoyable drives through the Flint Hills.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve– Two miles north of Strong City on K-177 is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a true national treasure. Absorb the essence of the Flint Hills here by taking a Prairie Bus Tour, experience living history by taking a tour of the 1880’s limestone mansion, or immerse yourself in the beautiful grasses, wildflowers and wildlife by exploring hiking trails.
Sears of El Dorado, 130 N. Main– Appliances, tools, electronics, lawn equipment
Return to El Dorado– To return to El Dorado, travel west from Strong City on U.S. Highway 50, 25 miles to Florence. Turn south on U.S. Highway 77 for 30 miles back to El Dorado. If you are traveling on a Friday night or Saturday morning, stop in Burns, off of Highway 77, at the Burns Café for one of the best pieces of homemade pie you’ve ever had! Once you return to El Dorado enjoy a first-rate dinner at one of our restaurants, and rest easy after a long day in one of our lodging establishments.
321 Kawasaki, 2405 W. Central– Full line Kawasaki dealer Rent-a-Wave Rentals, 618 NE Bluestem Rd. – Jet ski rentals
American Legion, 1801 W. Central– 9-hole public course; 316321-1295 Prairie Trails Golf and Country Club, 1100 Country Club Lane– 18-hole course; 316-321-4114 Many El Dorado merchants are anxious to serve you! Here are just a few: Triple S Ranch Supply, 2635 E. Highway 54– Full line of ranch supply, clothing, hats, boots, ropes The Trading Station, 2425 W. Central– Pawn shop and firearms The Book Grinder, 2222 W. Central– Good selection of used books, a great coffee bar and comfy chairs
Stone Creek Nursery, 415 Metcalf– Extensive nursery stock, good selection of unique garden gifts Orscheln Farm and Home Supply, 2354 W. Central– Complete farm supply, including tools, work clothing and footware Sutherland’s Home Improvement Center, 2850 W. Central– Home improvement supplies, hunting equipment. Ace Hardware, 609 N. Main— Ace is the place for hardware, work clothing, hunting and fishing supplies.
It’s a “Guy” Thing Daytrip Fishing, Boating and Hunting
Commerce Bank Atrium Gallery 112 1/2 W. Central, El Dorado A delightful collection of paintings depicting scenes in the Flint Hills, accompanied by the writings of Rolla Clymer, in an atrium setting. To gain access, inquire within Commerce Bank, 100 N. Main or call 321-1250.
Ladies Day Out Daytrip Unique Shopping
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El Dorado Chamber of Commerce (316) 321-3150 201 E. Central www.eldoradochamber.com El Dorado, KS 67042
Convention and Visitors Bureau (316) 321-1485 201 E. Central www.visiteldoradoks.com El Dorado, KS 67042 (316) 321-3363
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital (316) 321-3300 720 W. Central
Bradford Memorial Library 611 S. Washington
Municipal Services El Dorado Fire and Police 911 or (316) 321-9100 220 E. First Emergency/Ambulance 911
For a complete listing, pick up a church directory from the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce or visit: www.visiteldoradoks.com
& , DOWNTOWN SHOPPING & DINING AREA
Wichita Mid-Continent (316) 946-4700 25 miles from El Dorado
Car Rental Easy Car Rental (316) 322-8633 216 W. Central
Dillon’s Stores Pharmacy 700 N. Main,
Walgreen’s 119 W. Sixth
WalMart Pharmacy 1301 S. Village Rd.
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① El Dorado Civic Center ① El Dorado CVB/Chamber of Commerce ② Central Park & MacDonald Baseball Stadium ③ Coutts Memorial Museum of Art ④ YMCA ⑤ Missouri Pacific RailroadDepot ⑥ Butler County Courthouse ⑦ Carnegie Library
Downtown shopping and dining area Parks
Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum East Park & beginning of City Bike Path & Library ' Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital ( Blackmore Stadium ) Butler Community College * Business Park + Industrial Park , Tornado Memorial %
Enterprise Rent-a-Car (316) 321-2561 223 N. Main El Dorado TrueCare 205 N. Vine
Airports El Dorado Municipal Airport (316) 321-1327 1485 SE 30th Two and one half miles south on Highway 77, one mile east of El Dorado. General aviation, longest runway 4200 feet, lighted landing strip, private aircraft storage and maintenance
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city map/community information
city map/community information
Community City of El Dorado 220 E. First P.O. Box 792 El Dorado, KS 67042
Published on Nov 29, 2010
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