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El Dorado, Kansas

El Dorado is a city in central Kansas. With a population of just over 13,000 residents, it is the most populous city in Butler County, and the county seat. Situated on the Walnut River, El Dorado was once a major oil producer and transport hub. Today, only one major refinery remains in operation, the Frontier El Dorado Oil and Refining Company. Visitors to El Dorado can relive the former boom town's past at the Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum, which showcases a recreated 1920s main street and functioning oilfield equipment. Other historical attractions include the 1909 Butler County Courthouse, the 1912 Carnegie Library building and the Stapleton #1 Oil Well site.

El Dorado was incorporated as a city in 1871. By 1912, El Dorado had its own electric plant and waterworks, 4 banks, 5 newspapers, hotels, shops and some manufacturing. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and the Missouri Pacific line both had lines through town. In 1915, El Dorado boomed following the discovery of the Stapleton #1 Oil Well, the first to be detected using scientific and geologic analysis. By 1918, there were eight oil refineries in the area, including El Dorado Refining Company and Skelly Oil. The El Dorado Oil Field was the largest-producing single oil field in the U.S., and contributed significantly during both World War I and II. In 1943, El Dorado was the site of a POW camp. Oil production has declined, but the Frontier Refinery remains one of the largest in the Plains States. The former Skelly Refinery, which was owned by Getty and Texaco before its acquisition by Frontier, can process 110,000 barrels a day, and produces gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, asphalt and other petroleum-derived materials.

El Dorado's rapid growth in the 20th century and history of petroleum processing put it in a high-risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for asbestos cancer. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma cancer centers located in or near El Dorado at the bottom of this page. If you were exposed to asbestos in El Dorado, you may benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in El Dorado

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in El Dorado where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Empire Gas and Fuel Company
  • Frontier El Dorado Refining Company
  • Frontier Oil Kansas
  • Getty Refining and Marketing
  • Lion Chemical Corporation
  • Pester Refining Company
  • Skelly Oil Company Refinery
  • Texaco Oil Refinery
  • Texaco Refining and Marketing
  • Vickers Petroleum

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near El Dorado, Kansas

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of El Dorado, Kansas. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Heritage Plaza Medical Building
818 N. Emporia
Suite 403
Wichita, KS 67214

Distance: 32.2 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in El Dorado, Kansas

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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