• A short History of the town
1900- European settlers, The Maasai, The Kalenjins & The people who were here before us ‘The Sirikwa”
The town’s historical development indicates that Eldoret developed from an isolated post office serving mostly a European farming community in the early 1900s into a major dynamic regional administrative, commercial, educational and into a hub of industrial development.
The first settlers are believed to have arrived in the Uasin Gishu District soon after the year 1900. Of its earliest history, little is known, except that in the lore of the Kalenjin and Maasai it was occupied by a pastoral people, the Sirikwa-described by both tribes as “the people who were here before us”. Eldoret, as it is known today, is a creation of European adventurism into the interior of Kenya at the turn of the century. It owes its modern origin to the settlement of Boers from South Africa who were encouraged to settle in Uasin Gishu by the then East African Protectorate Authorities. The British considered the Uasin Gishu Plateau as a “murram pit’’ unsuitable for agriculture.