The main street of Eldorado. A Soldiers Memorial bus shelter is in the foreground while the General store and McEvoy Tavern ("The smallest pub in Victoria") can seen to the left.
|Population||287 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Rural City of Wangaratta|
Eldorado was named after the legend of El Dorado in 1840 by William Baker, the name he used for his run. Even though the name refers to a land abounding in gold there was no gold found in Eldorado until the 1850s when it became a thriving gold rush town. Eldorado Post Office opened on 1 August 1861.
The town's population declined sharply after the area ceased to yield gold. The remains of an old gold dredge can still be seen today. This is a large steel dredge which was designed and built by Thompson's Engineering for the Cocks Eldorado Gold Dredging Company in 1935-36. By the time it was decommissioned it had dredged 30 million cubic metres from the river flats of the Eldorado Plain. It has 110 digging buckets, each of which was capable of digging and lifting 0.3 cubic metres of soil.
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