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Situated along the Tobacco River, in an area known in the United States as the Tobacco Valley, and in Canada as the Tobacco Plains, the town of Eureka is about nine miles south of the Montana’s border with British Columbia, Canada. Founded in the early 1880s, the town was one of the last frontier town in Montana. Originally known as Deweyville, its early economy was based primarily on the lumber industry. The first person of European descent to visit the area was David Thompson, a Canadian fur trapper and explorer, who was searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s. The Great Northern Railroad came through Montana to the West Coast in 1892, but its tracks passed far south of the Tobacco Valley. However, a longer but easier route was built in 1904, resulting in the founding of Eureka. The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail passes through Eureka. Montana Highway 37 intersects US Highway 93 just north of Eureka. Rexford is to the west, Fortine is to the southeast, and Roosville, British Columbia is to the north.


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