The Last Best Place
Eureka is located on the Tobacco River in an area known as the Tobacco Valley 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,” with evergreens shipped to many urban points for holiday sales.