The sign reads:
"Eureka, I found it", shouted a small band of hardy pioneers in August of 1857. A spring of cool, clean water near this very spot. Abundant drinking water was a strong factor in search for a place to settle. They soon agreed that, indeed, they had found an ideal place and laid claim to the area or the town site which they chose to name Eureka!
That is the story about how the town of Eureka was named.
But the really Explorery thing about the marker is where it is located -- probably by that very spring. You have to take an alley to even see it on the other side of the stream!
See if you can find it when you go to Eureka. If you are driving east on U.S. 54 you'll see this little stream about a block east of the main town intersection and on the north side of the little creek. A little driveway will take you alongside the stream.
To understand those subtle explorer finds is to "Get Kansas!"
KE #2 Marci Penner