11 Fun Facts About Eugene, Oregon

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Eugene-Springfield, located on the south end of Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, is where Willamette Valley Company is head-quartered; and if we do say so, there is no place better to call home!

Our area is known as one of America’s most livable communities; a lively blend of arts and culture, numerous parks and gardens, culinary offerings and miles of running and bike trails. The area’s bike bridges that span the Willamette River are more numerous than those for vehicular traffic, making Eugene consistently ranked among the top running and bicycling destination in the country.

Performing arts centers, galleries, music and cultural festivals, museums, as well as the dynamics of the University of Oregon’s intellectual and athletic inspiration keep the area thriving with vitality. Many area restaurants specialize in serving up seasonal menus to capitalize on the harvest from the abundance of local organic farms, complimented by local award- winning wines.

We thought we could have some fun this month and highlight some interesting facts you may not know about our “Emerald City”.

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FACT #1: Eugene is the only U.S. city to host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field (1972, 1976, 1980). It’s also home of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field – Hayward Field

FACT #2: Eugene is the birthplace of Nike

FACT #3: Donald Duck, the mascot for the University of Oregon, is the ONLY sports mascot by Disney

FACT #4: Eugene is consistently ranked as one of America’s “Most Bicycle Friendly Cities”

FACT #5: Springfield, Oregon is the real life inspiration for the Simpson’s hometown

FACT #6: Oregon’s largest sports arena/stadium is the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium

FACT #7: Eugene’s slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors”. It is also referred to as the “Emerald City”, and as “Track Town, USA”.

FACT #8: Eugene is named after its founder, Eugene Franklin Skinner. Until 1889, it was named Eugene City.

FACT #9: Eugene is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the county seat of Lane County.

FACT #10: You can find 500-year old trees in Delta Old Growth Nature Trail off Highway 126E. Also, the oldest Black Tartarian cherry tree in the U.S. is located inside the Owen Rose Garden in Eugene. Go see it!

FACT #11: Eugene is home to some of our regions best breweries, while downtown Eugene hubs are infused with bottleshops, taphouses and growler fill stations. Well-known breweries include Ninkasi, Rogue and McMenamins.

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