El Dorado, Kansas

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El Dorado (pronounced /ɛldɵˈreɪdoʊ/  ( listen) EL-də-RAY-doh) is a city situated along the Walnut River in the central part of Butler County, located in south-central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 12,057 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 12,718 in the year 2006.[3] It is the county seat and most populous city of Butler County. El Dorado is included in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Camp Concordia, Camp Funston (at Fort Riley), Camp Phillips (at Salina under Fort Riley). Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including El Dorado.[4] Prisoners commonly volunteered to help work on local farms; this enabled them to spend time outside of the camp, socialize and eat better food than that provided by prison guards. In some cases, smaller structures constructed by the work details still stand.

El Dorado is home to the El Dorado Correctional Facility, which currently houses BTK killer Dennis Rader.

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