Places: Tobacco Valley Historical Village

By Beacon Staff

Take a trip back in time while touring the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka.

The village was established in 1971 when the Fewkes general store, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the train depot were relocated from the old town of Rexford before it was flooded by Lake Koocanusa. In addition, the village houses the historic county library, Iowa Flats one-room school house, a hand-hewn log home complete with furnishings, a Great Northern caboose and a fire tower from Mount Roberts. All of the historic buildings and artifacts are from the Tobacco Valley area and date back to the 1880s and 1920s.

To aid in visualizing the life of settlers in the Tobacco Valley, each building is furnished with artifacts common to the area and time periods. See printing presses, photographs, home décor, school desks, books, utensils, Christmas treeing and logging tools among hundreds of other historical relics.

The Fewkes general store now serves as the Historical Village Museum. Become utterly lost in history while wandering the aisles of the store. Among the large collection of archival materials there is an extensive catalog of archived written and photographic resources.

How to get there: From Kalispell, take U.S. Highway 93 north to Eureka. The village is on the west side of the highway as you enter downtown Eureka.