About the Area
Eugene is at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, about 50 miles east of the Oregon Coast.
Location & Early History
Home to the University of Oregon and Lane College, the city has a population of 156, 185 (2010 census) and ranks as the second most populous in the state. It boasts the 146th largest metropolitan area in the US.
The city is noted for its natural beauty and resources, with a variety of available outdoor recreational activities and a noted focus on the arts.
The first people to settle the area were the Kalapuyans, and in 1840 Eugene Skinner arrived and constructed the first cabin and trading post.
Eugene was formally named in 1853, and the University was established several years later in 1872.