The Town of Eureka is located on the Tobacco River in an area known as the Tobacco Valley in the United States and as the Tobacco Plains in British Columbia to the north (Eureka is about nine miles from the Canadian border). Eureka was founded in the early 1880s as settlers moved north from Missoula and south from Canada and was originally known as Deweyville. It was one of the last areas to be developed in Montana in frontier times, and logging was a major draw and source of income for decades. Eureka was once known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.
The Canadian fur-trapper and explorer David Thompson visited the area in the early 19th Century during his searches for a route to the Pacific Ocean. Early explorers, finding Indians there growing a native strain of tobacco, named it the Tobacco Plains. In the late 1970s, Eurekans began a “Tobacco Valley Rendezvous Days” every year in April to commemorate Thompson’s visit. Eureka is home of Lincoln County High School and the Lincoln County Fair every August. Actor John McIntire was buried at Tobacco Valley’s cemetery after his death in 1991.
Estimated population in July 2012 was 1037. Eureka Chamber Of Commerce: www.welcome2eureka.com
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