(Senate - June 26, 2012)

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[Page S4634]
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                          EUREKA, SOUTH DAKOTA

 Mr. THUNE. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize Eureka, 
SD. The town of Eureka will commemorate the 125th anniversary of its 
founding this year.
  Platted on October 3, 1887, at the ``end of the track,'' Eureka began 
as a railroad town. As was common in the area, Eureka was founded 
primarily by Russian-German immigrants, who learned to adapt and 
survive in the harsh and unsettled State of South Dakota. These 
steadfast settlers dealt with severe weather from blizzards to 
  With determination, the settlers built a strong agricultural economy. 
In the late 1890s, it was often called the Wheat Capital as it was one 
of the world's largest inland wheat centers. In 1892, more than 3,300 
train cars of wheat from 35 elevators and warehouses were exported from 
Eureka. In 1977, a strain of wheat was even named Eureka in honor of 
the town. Today Eureka takes pride in its beautiful recreational 
opportunities and its active and engaged community.
  Eureka has been a successful community for the past 125 years, and I 
am confident it will continue to serve as an example of South Dakota 
values and traditions. I would like to offer my congratulations to the 
citizens of Eureka on this landmark occasion and wish them continued 
prosperity in the years to come.