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Smith Building

226 W. Central Ave

This three story brown brick building was built in 1920. And originally was the site of St. Luke’s Hospital from 1923 until 1930. Prior to 1920 there was a two story building on this site that housed the El Dorado Hospital from 1917 to 1923.

In 1923 this was the birthplace of one of El Dorado’s famous citizens, Mort Walker. Internationally famous cartoonist, Mort Walker is the creator of both “Beatle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” which have been viewed worldwide. During his career he has received numerous National and International awards for his cartoons including receiving The Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award the Secretary of the Army can bestow on a civilian. An interesting fact … In 1954, when the Tokyo edition of Stars & Stripes dropped the strip because it supposedly engendered lack of respect for officers, the U.S. press had a field day attacking the maneuver, and 100 more newspapers enlisted “Beetle Bailey.”

This is a three story brown brick Commercial Style building.

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