Known as the "Original Boomtown" of Arkansas, El Dorado is known for its upscale restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos and restaurants.
After the Second World War, it became a hub for the chemical industry, which, like oil and wood, still plays a role in the economy. The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission calls El Dorado its home, and the city continues to benefit from oil, gas and natural gas production, as well as mining and production. It's no surprise that it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arkansas, but there's much more to this Golden Triangle city. El Dorado is home to the Arkansas State Capitol, the state's largest public library and host to a number of high-profile events, including the annual Arkansans for Oil & Gas Expo.
El Dorado is also home to the Arkansas State Museum, the state's largest public library, and the University of Arkansas College of Natural Resources.
KNOE's main digital signal station is located in Shreveport, LA and is broadcast by the El Dorado Public Broadcasting Company, Inc. (EPRI), based in Shveteport LA. However, a translator sends to HD viewers in Union County who cannot receive the station's main digital signals.
El Dorado has a small private airport owned by the city, the only private airport in the state of Arkansas. Those who own small and private aircraft have the possibility to lease or own their own hangar. El Dorado Downtown Airport has access to local industries, including Fortune 500 oil and gas companies.
El Dorado also offers a variety of winter and holiday events, including Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Some of the festivals that call El Dorado home are the Arkansas State Fair, the Arkansas Music Festival and the Arkansas Arts Festival, as well as the annual Arkansas Folk Festival.
Fishermen, hunters, children and families are welcome to participate in outdoor activities and events. SouthArk Outdoor Expo is held in El Dorado every year from July 1 to 5, 2015 and includes more than 1,000 exhibitors, vendors and sellers from across the country.
This unique program offers scholarships for tuition and mandatory fees that can be used at accredited universities across the country for El Dorado High School graduates. For graduate schools, we offer scholarships that cover tuition, fees, and fees used for the first two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas, Arkansas State University, and Arkansas Tech University.
South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) is a public two-year institution that provides educational programs, services and resources to students in the region. Post - Secondary education is also available through South Ark State University and Arkansas Tech University, as well as a number of other public and private colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas and the United States.
The city offers many outdoor activities, parks and leisure activities, including hiking, biking, hiking trails and a variety of outdoor recreational facilities.
El Dorado, home to the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and calls itself the city of festivals, offers a rich cultural experience. MusicFest, which has been held on the first weekend of October since 1987, offers bands a wide range of music styles, from country music to blues, jazz, folk, rock, pop, country, hip hop and more.
The event, held on a Saturday night in the summer of 1980, recalls the infamous downtown of 1902, which led to a bitter feud between the Tucker and Parnell families. In the years that followed, there were numerous other incidents in which at least one person was killed and hundreds more injured.
In 1910, there was also violence in the form of racial riots, which allegedly led to damage to African-American-run businesses. Concerned about the loss of population, local businesses and city leaders began to consider various ways to revitalize the city. After years of planning and fundraising, the organization behind the El Dorado Festival opened the Murphy Arts District (MAD) in 1908.
El Dorado is also home to KBSA, a subsidiary of KTVE-FM, which is part of the network of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and is operated by it. In the early 1990s, the FCC licensed the station to El Dorados, as KTve was no longer considered its primary newsroom and KB SA became part of the network along with other subsidiaries such as KXAS-TV (now KUAC) and KGAC-AM (now KVAC).
The Rialto Theatre closed in 1980, was restored in 1987 and reopened in 1990, where films were shown in 3 halls. The renovation was started and was originally part of the Murphy Arts District development. For more information, please visit the website of the City of El Dorado, but the renovation is underway. In 1956, a group of music lovers from the region founded the El Dorados Symphony and Choral Society, one of the first orchestras in Arkansas, and since then it has grown to become the largest orchestra of its kind in the state of Arkansas and the second largest in North America.