What's it Like to Live in Eugene, Oregon?

Brief History of Eugene:

The Kalapuya Indians were the first people to live in the Willamette Valley. Archeological evidence indicates that the Kalapuya occupied the area for several centuries. A hunting and gathering people, the Kalapuya frequently burned the grasses of the valley to clear brush and provide a better habitat for the game and vegetation they depended on for food.

By the time the first white settlers arrived, the valley was an open grassy prairie with isolated white oaks and other trees. The first cabin in what is now known as Eugene was erected in 1846 by Eugene Franklin Skinner. It served as a general trading post and was authorized as a post office in 1850. This was the first official recognition of the community. Eugene City was platted and recorded in 1852 by Skinner and Judge David Risdon. However, the site had its disadvantages. After heavy winter rains, it became a quagmire and earned the nickname "Skinner's Mud Hole." A revised town plat was made on higher ground in 1853. Settlers and industry arrived simultaneously. A millrace was dug in the channel of an old slough and a flour mill and a woolen mill used its water for power. Saw mills were also established along the banks of the Willamette River.

Eugene City was incorporated in 1862. Two years later, the community adopted a charter and a new name - City of Eugene. The first election for a city council was held in 1865. The council or Board of Trustees as it was called then, consisted of a president, recorder, treasurer, street commissioner, marshal and six trustees. The first telegraph reached Eugene from Portland in 1864 and the city became a stagecoach stop in 1865 when the Territorial Road reached Eugene.

Next to the actual founding of the city, the event which has probably had the most profound effect on the history of Eugene has to be the founding of the University of Oregon in 1872. See the UO's history for more details about this campus.


Eugene, Oregon, is a classic college town, with a metropolitan-area population of more than 200,000. You'll find that Eugene is small enough to bike across, but large enough to offer galleries, music venues, and great restaurants to discover. Eugene has more working artists, writers, and musicians per capita than Portland. Outdoor recreation is key to the Eugene lifestyle, with rivers to run, mountains to snowboard, rocks to climb, trails to hike, and an ocean to surf, all within easy reach.

Check out the UO Virtual Tour for an idea of what this beautiful campus has to offer!

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What's the Weather Like in Eugene? Does it Really Rain That Much?

Answer: Not as much as Portland or Seattle, but enough to keep everything green and growing all year-round!

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