A Brief History of Eugene
The city of Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city. The city lies at the south end of the Willamette Valley and near linking the Willamette and Mc Kenzie Rivers. This city is named after the founder, Eugene Franklin Skinner, and has a history that dates back to the early 19th century. The city owes its early civilization to Mr. Skinner, having been the first person to erect the first cabin that would later be used as a trading post, as well as running the first ferry service that served the city and its environs.
Eugene has had its fair share of disasters, the most notable being the closure of its first major educational institution, Columbia College, as a result of devastating fires. However, in the wake of the closure of Columbia College, residents launched a local initiative to raise the initial funding to start what is now the iconic University of Oregon. This university was first opened in 1876, and has since inspired the education landscape across Eugene and the entire Oregon state.
Eugene has seen immense economic growth since the 19th Century to become the beautiful and peaceful city we know today.
Things to Do and See
University of Oregon
University of Oregon (UO) was established in 1872 and officially was opened in 1876. Currently, the university is organized into nine schools and colleges, offering 316 undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is home to Ducks athletic and sports program.
1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Jordan is a famous building designed by a UO campus architect Ellis F. Lawrence in 1933. The museum is known for spectacular iron grillwork and brickwork that was placed on National Register of Historic Places.
1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403
Hult Center for performing arts
Hult Center is Eugene’s heart of performing arts. You can experience cultural scenes from opera to jazz at any time of the year. The place also has a massive art collection that is normally displayed with outstanding art exhibitions at the Jacobs Gallery.
1 Eugene Center, Eugene, OR 97401
Fifth Street Market
In 1929, this place was a poultry plant. Converted into Historic Market District in 1976, Fifth Street is a collection of businesses including office complex, hotel, and colorful market that offers a variety of dining options enabling visitors to indulge and explore Eugene’s cultural foods. The historic district is located only a few blocks from the market and visitors can enjoy the Eugene Japanese American Art Memorial.
Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center is run by a non-profit organization which aims to restore injured birds back to their normal health and vigor. There are plenty of birds to see here, including the eagles, hawks, falcons, to name but a few.
32275 Fox Hollow Rd, Eugene, OR 97405
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
There is no better place to learn about the history of this gorgeous city than this museum. Situated right at the heart of the University of Oregon campus, the museum features the university’s archaeological, paleontological as well as zoological artifacts.
1680 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Mount Pisgah Arboretum
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful endowments of Mother Nature to this city. It features hundreds of tree species, as well as walking trails that are long enough to quench the thirst of every hiker.
34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene, OR 97405
Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is also called Castle on the Hill. The house was designed by architect Walter D. Pugh from Salem, Oregon. The house was built in 1888 in the Victorian-era style or Queen Anne style. The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House was added to National Register of Historic Place in 1984. Now the house is owned by the city.
303 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
Alton Baker Park
This park is located along the banks of Willamette River which divides Eugene from Springfield. The park is full of impressive recreational facilities and bicycle trails where visitors can explore. Bike bridges connect trails on each side of the river. Willamette is a nationally recognized water trail containing kayakers.
100 Day Island Rd, Eugene, OR 97401