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Some find beauty in books, some in nature, some in landscapes, some in colors, but after visiting Eugene you would realize you were yet to discover the real definition of beauty. But, its not only the beauty of Eugene that appeals to the visitors, but the city is also famed for its mysterious facts about its history, culture, art, people, sights-of-interest, and gastronomy. If secrets or hidden facts about something always leave you curious, then you must start exploring the ins and outs of Eugene. Believe us, you will find nothing as much interesting and intriguing as the city is. There are plethora of important and interesting facts about the city that may accentuate your trip here and make it a memorable till your last breath. Kindly have a look and get to know what are those secrets about the city that may raise one's brows.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
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  • The Senator of Illinois, i.e., Paul Simon was born in Eugene in 1928.
  • The renowned author, i.e., Ken Kesey took his last breath in Eugene in 2001. 'Sometimes a Great Notion' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' are amongst his popular creations.
  • The famous science fiction editor and writer, i.e., Damon Knight spent his last days in Eugene. In 1962, his one of the famous creations, i.e., 'To Serve Man' was used for making a Twilight Zone episode.
  • Dr. Donald Clark, famed as the president of San Jose State University, California and the University of Oregon, took his last breath in Eugene in 2005.
  • The 'Urban Renewal' Valley River Center was opened in Eugene in 1969.
  • The construction of Hult Center, which hosts more than 700 events all-year round, was financed in 1978 through General Obligation Bond.
  • In 2012, Eugene witnessed an unemployment rate of 10.5%. According to statistics, this rate was quite lower than the county, state, and the nation.
  • The first cabin in the city was built in 1847 by Eugene F. Skinner.
  • Mary Skinner is famed as the first non-native woman who arrived the city in 1847.
  • Lenora C. Skinner is famed as the first non-native child born in the city in 1848.
  • In 1850, Skinner's Post Office was established in the city.
  • In 1851, Lane County was created in the city.
  • In 1851, the first survey and plat was recorded in the city.
  • First house was built in the city in 1851.
  • James Huddleston opened the first store in the city in 1851.
  • In 1852, the city attained the status of county seat.
  • Mary Skinner was the one who chose the name 'Eugene City'.
  • The first merchandise store in the city was opened in 1853.
  • In 1853, a plat from Skinner and Charnel Mulligan was added to Eugene.
  • The first Lane County Courthouse was built in the city in 1855.
  • The first public school in the city was established in 1856.
  • The city got its first newspaper, i.e., 'The News' in 1858.
  • From 1861 to 1865, the city witnessed Civil War.
  • In 1862, Eugene was incorporated as a city.
  • The first City Charter was adopted in 1864.
  • In 1864, Eugene F. Skinner became the first mayor of the city.
  • In 1871, the famous Oregon and California railroad tracks reached the city through Portland.
  • In 1872, the State Legislature laid the foundation of University of Oregon in Eugene.
  • In 1874, a bridge was built to connect the city to Springfield.
  • In 1875, Alexander Graham Bell invented telephone in Eugene.
  • In 1880, Thomas A. Edison invented Incandescent lamp in Eugene.
  • Eugene witnessed the first City Hall in 1883.
  • In 1883, first banks were established in the city.
  • The electric lighting system was introduced in the city in 1887.
  • In 1898, Dr. Kuykendall and his alliances laid the foundation of first hospital in the city.
  • The first automobile was introduced to the city in 1904.
  • The electric street cars were introduced to the city in 1907.
  • In 1914, Eugene witnessed the outbreak of World War I.
  • In 1927, the city witnessed the abolition of street car service.
  • In 1948, the city adopted Zoning Ordinance.
  • Eugene is the third most populous city based in the state of Oregon.
  • 'A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors' is the official slogan of the city.
  • The city is also fondly called 'Emerald City,' 'Emerald Valley' and 'Track Town'.
  • The Nike Corporation initiated its journey from Eugene.
  • The city is named after its founder, Eugene F. Skinner.
  • Columbia College is famed as the first educational institution based in the city.
  • In 1889, the city's name, i.e., 'Eugene City' was changed and shortened to 'Eugene'.
  • 'PeaceHealth Medical Group,' 'Eugene School District,' and the 'University of Oregon' are the largest employers of Eugene.
  • Eugene is home to Green Gear Cycling famed as the manufacturer of Bike Friday bicycle.
  • In 1978, Alan Scholz founded Burley Design LLC in Eugene.
  • In 1979, 'How to Beat the High Co$t of Living' was filmed in the city.
  • In 1982, 'Personal Best' was filmed in the city.
  • The city is governed by council-manager form of government.
  •  Lane County Sheriff's Office is headquartered in Eugene.
  • 'The Register-Guard' is famed as the largest newspaper in Eugene.
  • Eugene Water & Electric Board, which is famed as the largest publicly owned water and power utility of Oregon, is based in the city.
  • The world-renowned football players, namely, Quintin Mikell, Alex Brink, Kailee Wong, Chris Miller, and Todd Christensen belong to Eugene.
  • The famous basketball players, namely, Luke Jackson and Danny Ainge call Eugene their home.
  • The famous runners, namely, Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, and Mary Decker belong to Eugene.
  • The famous singer and songwriter, Tim Hardin called Eugene its home. 'Reason to Believe' and 'If I Were a Carpenter' are amongst its world-known creations.
  • Kathmandu, Nepal; Russia Irkutsk, Russia; Japan Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan; and South Korea Jinju, South Korea are the sister cities of Eugene.
  • In 2013, Eugene won the title of 'No. 1 US City for Hippies'.
  • Cafe Yumm!, Holy Cow, Sweet Life, Laughing Planet, Nancy’s Yogurt, and Toby’s Tofu Pate originated in the city.
  • In 1864, the city received its first telegraph from Portland.
  • In 1865, Eugene became a stagecoach stop.
  • Eugene became state's first city in the nation to have one-way streets.
  • Of late, the city was ranked in the Top 10 on the list of 'Livability.com 100 Best Places to Live'.
  • Recently, Eugene was honored with the title of the 'Best Places for Business and Careers' by Forbes.
  • In 2013, Eugene was ranked 10th on the 'Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report'.
  • The city has been consecutively ranked as one of the United States' most bicycle friendly cities.
  • United States' oldest cherry tree, i.e., 'Black Tartarian' is based at Owen Memorial Rose Garden in Eugene.
  • Donald Duck, which is famed as the only sports mascot by Disney, is also a mascot for the University of Oregon.
  • Plastic Bags have been banned in Eugene since 2013 making it Oregon's third city to adopt this sustainability step.
  • The three official scenic bikeways of Oregon, namely, Covered Bridges, Willamette Valley, and McKenzie Pass are based in Eugene.
  • Until the 1970s, it was illegitimate in Eugene to attend car races or show movies on Sundays.
  • The residents of Eugene are known as 'Eugenians'.
  • When it comes to safety, Eugene enjoys one of the top positions amongst 25 places to live in Oregon.
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