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Eureka, Utah

Coordinates: 39°57′18″N 112°6′59″W / 39.95500°N 112.11639°W / 39.95500; -112.11639
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Eureka, Utah
BPOE Block in Eureka, August 2007
BPOE Block in Eureka, August 2007
Location in Juab County and state of Utah
Location in Juab County and state of Utah
Coordinates: 39°57′18″N 112°6′59″W / 39.95500°N 112.11639°W / 39.95500; -112.11639
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedNovember 8, 1892
Named forEureka
 • Total1.48 sq mi (3.84 km2)
 • Land1.48 sq mi (3.84 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation6,430 ft (1,960 m)
 • Total669
 • Estimate 
 • Density477.38/sq mi (184.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-24080[4]
GNIS feature ID1437974[2]
Eureka Historic District
Tintic District at Eureka in 1911
Eureka, Utah is located in Utah
Eureka, Utah
Eureka, Utah is located in the United States
Eureka, Utah
LocationCoterminous with the city
Architectural stylePrairie School, Bungalow/Craftsman, Saltbox
MPSTintic Mining District MRA
NRHP reference No.79002514[5]
Added to NRHPMarch 14, 1979

Eureka is a city in Juab County, Utah, United States.[2] It is part of the Provo–Orem metropolitan area. The population was 669 at the 2010 census,[6] down from 766 in 2000.

The city was named from the Greek word eureka, meaning "I have found it!"[7]



Eureka is located in northern Juab County at 39°57′18″N 112°6′59″W / 39.95500°N 112.11639°W / 39.95500; -112.11639 (39.954974, -112.116364).[8] It sits in the East Tintic Mountains at an elevation of 6,430 feet (1,960 m) above sea level. The northeast boundary of the city is the Utah County line, following the height of land. 7,828-foot (2,386 m) Packard Peak is to the north, while 8,048-foot (2,453 m) Godiva Mountain and 7,917-foot (2,413 m) Eureka Ridge are to the south.

U.S. Route 6 forms Main Street through Eureka, leading east 20 miles (32 km) to Santaquin and southwest 51 miles (82 km) to Delta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Eureka has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.[6]



This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Eureka has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[9]


Historical population
2019 (est.)707[3]5.7%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 766 people, 271 households, and 197 families residing in the city. The population density was 521.4 people per square mile (201.2/km2). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 232.8 per square mile (89.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.65% White, 1.04% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

Typical home in Eureka, August 2009

There were 271 households, out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,875, and the median income for a family was $43,077. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,534. About 6.3% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Mining history


Eureka was originally known as Ruby Hollow before it developed into a bustling mining town. Incorporated as a city in 1892, Eureka became the financial center for the Tintic Mining District, a wealthy gold and silver mining area in Utah and Juab counties. The district was organized in 1869 and by 1899 became one of the top mineral-producing areas in Utah. The Eureka Micropolitan Statistical Area housed the "Big Four" mines—Bullion Beck and Champion, Centennial Eureka, Eureka Hill, and Gemini-and later the Chief Consolidated Mining Company.

Plaque explaining a mining headframe, August 2009

Eureka's role as the central financial point for the district ensured its survival. It housed business establishments, including the second-ever JCPenney store (then called the Golden Rule Store), financial institutions, local and county governmental buildings including Eureka City Hall (1899) and a Juab County Courthouse (1892), various churches, and the meeting places for numerous labor, social, and fraternal organizations. Mining entrepreneurs such as John Q. Packard [Wikidata], John Beck (who personally funded the construction of the Eureka LDS Church Meetinghouse in 1902), Jesse Knight, and Walter Fitch Sr. were important figures in Eureka and Tintic history. In the early 1900's, Eureka was a powerhouse in the state when it came to soccer. They won the state title in 1905, 1907 and 1909. In 1979, Eureka was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Tintic Mining District Multiple Resource Area, recognizing the importance of remaining buildings and sites.

Notable person


See also



  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eureka, Utah
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Eureka city, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 28, 2018.[dead link]
  7. ^ The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Volumes 9-10. 1918. p. 125.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Eureka, Utah
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

Further reading

  • (1994) "Eureka" article in the Utah History Encyclopedia. The article was written by Philip F. Notarianni and the Encyclopedia was published by the University of Utah Press. ISBN 9780874804256. Archived from the original on March 21, 2024 and retrieved on April 21, 2024.