Fortine and Eureka Professional Review and Guide
"Fortine, twelve miles south of Eureka, was named for Octave Fortine, an early settler here. Eureka is nine miles south of the British Columbia boundary in northwest Montana. The town was first named Deweyville and was situated along the banks of the Tobacco River. In 1904, postmaster Emma Dimmick suggested the name change to Eureka. The Tobacco Plains form a unique and expansive grassland surrounded by heavily forested mountains north of Eureka. In prehistoric times, this valley was filled with an enormous ice sheet. The hills and potholes found here today are the result of this glaciation.
The Tobacco Plains were so named by the Indians who harvested a tobacco-like plant in this area for religious purposes. During the fur trapping and trading days in the early part of the last century, this remote corner of the state was inaccessible from customary trapping grounds and operating bases of the Americans. Representatives of the British and Canadian companies came in from the north and established posts along the Kootenai River. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."