Eldorado, Texas

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Eldorado is a city in and the county seat of Schleicher County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 1,951 at the 2000 census, but dropped to 1,800 according to a July 2009 estimate.[4]


Yearning for Zion Ranch

Eldorado is the nearest city to the Yearning for Zion Ranch, the reported new headquarters of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints headed by convicted sex offender felon Warren Jeffs who refers to defrauding the welfare system as "bleeding the beast". Over 400 children were removed from the compound in April 2008, by Texas Child Protective Services.[5] Hundreds of children were taken into custody and temporarily placed into foster homes . The children were returned to their mothers shortly thereafter.[6] A woman in Colorado City, AZ, associated with the FLDS is suspected of reporting in this and other similar cases in Colorado City, AZ.[7]


Eldorado is located at 30°51′39″N 100°35′54″W / 30.86083°N 100.59833°W / 30.86083; -100.59833 (30.860746, -100.598329).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,951 people, 712 households, and 513 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,407.5 people per square mile (541.9/km²). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 604.6/sq mi (232.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.63% White, 2.15% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 24.24% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 53.92% of the population.

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