History of Eugene
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The city of Eugene was founded by Eugene Skinner in the year 1852. When Mr. Skinner and his fellow pioneers arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1846, it had been occupied for at least several centuries by Native Americans known as the Kalalpuyas (or Kalapuyans).

When flooding inundated his original plat for the town during the winter of 1852, Skinner relocated it on higher ground and it was eventually incorporated as Eugene City in 1862.

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.

Other Historical Information

  • Lane County Facts & Historical Review

  • U of O Museum of Natural History

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