History

Eureka is located on the Tobacco River in an area known as the Tobacco Valley approximately 7 miles 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. The Canadian fur-trapper and explorer David Thompson visited the Tobacco Valley in the early 1800s during his searches for a route to the Pacific Ocean. Eureka holds a "Rendezvous" every year in April to commemorate his visit. Eureka is home of Lincoln County High School and the Lincoln County Fair every August, and was once known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World".

 

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Eureka is known for the mildest weather in the state, hence the moniker "Banana Belt" of Montana. The summer temperatures average in the eighties, June is our rainiest month, and most snowfall occurs in January or February. On some clear nights you can see the spectacular Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. We do experience sudden temperature changes, which prompts locals to say, "Don't like the weather? Wait a few minutes its sure to change!" Below you will find some helpful statistics on our weather norms.

 

Average Growing Season:

4 months

Highest Total Precipitation:

21.9 inches in 1922

Lowest Total Precipitation:

6.99 inches in 1931

Temperatures:

Maximum : 104° August 1971

Spring: Average daytime: 46°

Summer: Average daytime 78°

Fall: Average daytime 57°

Winter: Average daytime 24

Elevation:

2680

Population:

998 (in 2009)

Economy of Valley:

Timber, tourism, ranching

Airport Facility:

Paved runway 75' x 4250'