The Town of Eureka is a quaint little village on the Tobacco River in an area known as the Tobacco Valley located 5 minutes south of 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 best 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,” with evergreens shipped to many urban points for holiday sales.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, Eureka began the “Rendezvous Days – Hotrods & Buckskins” on the the last full weekend in April every year to commemorate Thompson’s visit. Eureka is not just outdoor fun. We also boast an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, fine dining, and even a movie theater. Our local Sunburst Foundation works hard to bring an impressive calendar of performing arts to the community and don’t miss our fantastic yearly events such as music for The Farmers Market, Shakespeare in the Park, Concerts & Classes. Other events held in the Tobacco Valley are, The Rodeo, The Bull Thing, Lincoln County Fair, The Quilt Show ,Golf Tournaments and more. Actor John McIntyre who was reared in Eureka, and his wife, actress Jeanette Nolan, are interred at the Tobacco Valley Cemetery in Eureka.
All information about Eureka courtesy of The Eureka Montana Chamber of Commerce.