Eugene

Population

2009: 153,231, #155 in U.S., #2 in Oregon

1950: 35,879

2009 Metropolitan Area: 351,109, #144 in U.S.

Setting

Eugene was founded in 1862 on the Willamette River. Today there are parks along the river north of downtown. The University of Oregon is just southeast of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Ya-Po-Ah Terrace, 212 feet (1968)

Number of buildings over 150 feet: 5

Stores

Eugene has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak's Coast Starlight goes north to Portland and Seattle and south to Los Angeles from Eugene’s old Southern Pacific station (1908). Additional service on the Amtrak Cascades goes north to Portland and Seattle.

Museums

The Schnitzer Museum of Art is on the University of Oregon campus.



Eugene Hotel in Downtown Eugene

Theaters

The Bijou Arts Cinemas show independent films on two screens. The McDonald Theater (1925) is a restored movie theater that now has concerts and special events. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts (1982) hosts the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera, and touring Broadway shows.

Sports

The Eugene Emeralds, Northwest Rookie League affiliate of the San Diego Padres, play at PL Park (2009), east of downtown.

Map of Downtown Eugene

DowntownEugene.com