El Dorado Springs was founded in 1881 by the Cruce brothers, Nathaniel and Waldo, who attempted to capitalize off the namesake spring's water. The spring was rumored to have medicinal value. People came from miles around and even the Osage Indians brought their sick to the spring for healing. Thus, El Dorado Springs became a destination for tourists and retirement. The town became renown for its spring water, which was said to have healing properties.
The water, which has a heavy mineral content, was so valued that the Cruces named the city El Dorado Springs, after the legendary city of gold (although residents of the city pronounce the name "El-dough-RAY-dough").
The area mean high temperature is approximately 79 degrees. The mean low temperature is about 29.6 degrees.
One local tradition is the Founder's Day Picnic. It began early in the town's existence as an annual gathering. The 3-night event has grown to be the largest attraction of the year, bringing thousands of visitors. A carnival has provided rides in recent years, and the city council hires performers to give free concerts in the city park.
The city also boasts one of the oldest continuously playing municipal bands in the nation and consists of local citizens from high school students to senior citizens. Area events also include the El Dorado Springs Historical Celebration, a Doll Show, City Wide Garage Sale, Arts and Crafts Show, Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Parade and the Black Walnut Festival in Stockton.
The area offers 2 schools: the El Dorado Springs R-2 School and the El Dorado Springs Christian School. There are also many colleges available within a short driving distance.
We are surrounded by many streams, rivers and lakes, which include Stockton Lake, Truman Lake and Pomme de Terre Lake. You'll find an abundance of whitetail deer, wild turkey, duck, beaver, squirrel and geese as well as an occasional cougar or bobcat! Nearly half of the state's impounded waters await visitors here. With 300 miles of shoreline, no commercial or residential development in sight (except for 3 secluded marinas), Stockton Lake appears to be in a wilderness setting. Nestled among the rolling, tree-covered hills at the western edge of the Missouri Ozarks, this 24,900-acre lake also features 33,000 acres of public land. Its many recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, horseback riding and some of the best hunting and fishing anywhere! Stockton Lake is also one of the best sailing lakes in the Midwest.
If you ask the local people of El Dorado Springs what makes it unique, you get a variety of answers. Frankly, we love the community and we think it's a great place to live! But come check it out and see for yourself. Let United Country help you realize your real estate dreams.