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Author: David G. Turner
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 21.99

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Since its beginnings in the 1850s, Eugene has attracted independent thinkers. Its early leaders sited the town in a picturesque location along the Willamette River and were confident that agriculture and timber businesses would guide its growth. As Eugene transformed from a settlement to a city, its citizens took an active voice in the creation of its identity, like advocating for a main railroad line to run through town and determining how the commercial district would branch out from the central downtown core. They got the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today, the population continues to express strong and diverse feelings about politics, personal rights, and the environment as it shares the common experience of living and working in a place of great natural beauty.

Eugene is the second or third largest city in Oregon, a title that it shares uneasily with Salem, the state capital. The University of Oregon is the largest institution in the city and to a large degree sets the tone for it.

Background Information

The Southern Pacific Railroad was the transcontinental railroad following the southern route. Salem, Oregon, was established by missionaries in the Willamette Valley.