Eureka

Eureka is a city in the southwestern portion of St. Louis County, located off Interstate 44.  Unique in its small town-atmosphere, while providing easy access to St. Louis City, Eureka covers more than 10.45 square miles of land. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 10,189 residents.

Eureka’s story begins in 1858, with the area being platted along the route of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. According to history reports, those working in the construction of the railroad came across the land encompassing current day Eureka and discovered the area was level with no rocks and virtually no dirt to move. Upon seeing this, they exclaimed “Eureka!”, a Greek term that translates to “I’ve found it,” — and the name has stuck ever since.

By 1890, Eureka’s village encompassed roughly 100 homes and was surrounded by rich agricultural land. The amount of growing families and farming culture within the community led to the creation of the St. Louis Children’s Industrial Farm, a camp that gave underprivileged city children the ability to learn about — and experience — rural life. It’s currently known as Camp Wyman and is one of the oldest camps in United States history.

Eureka would officially be incorporated in 1954 with a total land, slightly under three square miles. Due to its close proximity to Interstate 44, the population of Eureka would grow starting with only 817 residents at the time of incorporation to more than 2,000 only two decades later in 1974.

Residents of Eureka are served by the Rockwood School District.

Eureka Official Website

Traditions

Six Flags St. Louis is a popular Eureka amusement park. Built in 1970, it brings in an average of 2,500,000 visitors annually. Originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America, the name was shortened to Six Flags St. Louis when the brand expanded to 13 amusements parks.

Branded the “Coaster Capital of Missouri”, some of Six Flags St. Louis’ major attractions include Batman: The Ride, Mr. Freeze, The Boss, American Thunder, and Screaming Eagle, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world at the time of its construction in 1976. Visitors also get the chance to beat the summer heat with Hurricane Harbor, a water park built in 1999.

When the holiday season approaches, a great place to get you in the holiday spirit is Santa’s Magical Kingdom in Eureka’s Jellystone Park. The Kingdom gives families a chance to drive through the park and gaze at an array of Christmas lights and animated decorations with special effects.

Eureka oversees and maintains over 164 acres of park and public land, which includes nine parks, featuring trails, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and handball courts, baseball, football and soccer fields, a stocked lake, Disc golf course and a Community Center.  Eureka also has two boat launch areas along the Meramec River.

Location

Community Contacts

Mayor of Eureka Kevin Coffey (314) 938-4260
Board of Alderman Members Bob Berry
Wes Sir
Marilyn Leistner
Carleen Murray
Steve Grzyb
Don Beckerie
City Administrator Craig E. Sabo
(636) 938-5233 x104
City Clerk Ralph Lindsey
(636) 938-5233 x101
Finance Director Barb Flint
(636) 938-5233 x103
City Attorney Katherine Butler (636) 938-5253
Municipal Judge Rick Barry (314) 918-8900
Court Clerk Daphne Marler (636) 938-6600 x208
Building Commissioner John Boggs
(636) 938-5233 x 110
Director of Parks and Recreation Missy Myers
(636) 938-6775 x300
Eureka Police Department (636) 938-6600
Eureka Fire Department (636) 938-5505