The village of Eureka was platted in 1858 along the route of the Pacific Railroad. By 1890, the village consisted of about 100 homes. According to the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, railroad workers while clearing the way for the track and the next railroad camp saw Eureka, level land with little to clear, and declared, "Eureka!" Greek meaning "I have found it." Thus, Eureka was founded. In 1898, Eureka became home to the St. Louis Children's Industrial Farm, established to give children from St. Louis tenement neighborhoods a chance to experience life in a rural setting. It later became Camp Wyman (now part of Wyman Center) and is one of the oldest camps in the United States. Eureka was incorporated as a fourth-class city on April 7, 1954.
City of Allenton
The railroad town of Allenton is a former community on U.S. Route 66 located (now) at the junction of Interstate 44 and Business Loop 44 in western St. Louis County. In 1985, it was annexed by the city of Eureka. The town is currently rural, with adjacent farmland and forested Ozark ridges. This community was declared blighted by St. Louis County in 1973.
The city also contains two private schools, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School and Sacred Heart Church and School.
The city has the Eureka Hills Branch lending library, a branch of the St. Louis County Library.
Local news coverage for the town and some of its neighbors is provided by the Tri County Journal, the Eureka and Pacific Current NewsMagazine, and the Washington Missourian.
Entering Eureka along State Route 109
Location of Eureka, Missouri
|• Mayor||Sean Flower|
|• Total||10.45 sq mi (27.07 km2)|
|• Land||10.35 sq mi (26.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)|
||456 ft (139 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||980/sq mi (380/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0756031|
|Website||City of Eureka official website|