About Our Area

North East Eureka Rocky Mountains

North Lincoln County consist of seven small communities, tied together with a common bond. They are Eureka (the hub of activities), Fortine, Midvale, Rexford, Stryker, Trego, and West Kootenai. The common bond they share is love for their neighbors. This is what makes North Lincoln County such a special place. The following story of love and cooperation is just one of the reasons, I am proud to be a part of this blessed community's history.

The Tobacco Valley lies in the North half of our county. It reaches from our southern border at Stryker to the Canadian Border. Eureka, 7 miles from the Canadian Border, is the largest town and the home of the Tobacco Valley Food Pantry.

This volunteer, non profit, organization serves the needs of its' community by its' selfless giving of food and clothing to area residents and, more often than not, weary travelers in need. Tobacco Valley Food Pantry grew from the love of a few, to an expression of the love of all the areas inhabitants. Built with the pioneer spirit of our area, it serves our communities by selling donated articles of clothing in their Thrift Store, located on the main street of Eureka, Dewey Avenue. The money generated from area residents generous donations supported all the needs of the food pantry for quite a time, it has only been in the recent history of this organization that any government funding was available. The FEMA funds now donated are welcomed, but only added to the already well provided services.

The Tobacco Valley Food Pantry, run solely by volunteers, grew from a rented, run down, room to a successful Thrift Store (purchased by T.V.F.P.) in a few short years.

Eureka Food Pantry/Thrift Store

Don and Barbara Jolliff have been the patron saints of this organization, without their unselfish dedication and leadership, this Food Pantry would never have grown to the shining example of neighborly love it is today. Their love is contagious, area residents have got a good case of it.

Even state agency personnel such as Tim Their, of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, have contracted a good case of love for the community, as evidenced by this photograph of an injured young moose. The moose was struck by a motorist and had to be put down. The moose's (why don't they spell that meese?) tragic end was turned into a blessing for needy families through the cooperation of the game department and the Tobacco Valley Food Pantry.

Pictured here are Lily James, volunteer and past Vice-President of The Tobacco Valley Food Pantry and Tim Their, Game Biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.


After the donation was made, Lily tackled the task of calling friends and neighbors from our community to organize a butchering party. Once that was accomplished, the meat was taken to Montana Market, in Eureka, where they ground it for the food pantry at no charge. The meat then went to Don and Barb, they organized a packaging party and it was ready to feed area people in need. This story following the chain of events after the young moose's tragic end was brought to you to share how special our area is and why.

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