I had been forewarned by many that Eugene was the "crunchiest" place on earth. More than one person told me to pack those proverbial tie dies for a blast back to the Summer of 68.
What I found were highly motivated students, dressed in their Duck Store best, darting to-and-fro mulit-million dollar buildings focused on their GPA and future careers!
So much for the Animals of good, old Faber College!!
Wow...school spirit is very high at U of O. These are students who love their football- especially during a winning season.
I have yet to see if Ivy League schools show that kind of enthusiasm for their home teams.
Make sure to book far ahead for game weekend as the hotels, motels and even B & B's can sell-out completely.
A fellow by the name of Eugene Skinner filed a land claim at the foot of Skinner's Butte which is now the center of Eugene in 1846. He built a cabin and in 1847 moved his family into it. His wife, Mary Cook Skinner was the first non-native American woman to live in Lane County. Skinner was born in New York State in 1809 and died in Eugene in 1855.
Skinner started a ferry service across the Willamette River at this site. Legend has it his land claim was often referred to as Skinner's Mudhole, due to the traffic and incessant rains.
The first post office was named "Skinner's" in 1850 with guess who was postmaster? The name was changed to Eugene City in 1853 and later to just Eugene in 1959 the year of Oregon Statehood.
Skinner's Butte still retains the Native American name "Yapoa" (yah-po-ah) and fittingly a retirement home at the base of the Butte is named such. The residents are known for their never ending fight to quell the train horns at the crossings below their abode.
Source: McArthur's book of Oregon Geographical Names
There is a list of things the people of Eugene do differently than the rest of the world
1. Don't bathe
2. Smoke crack
3. Do meth
4. Complain about President Bush
5. Collect welfare
6. Have no teeth
7. Can't read
8. Go to a community college for a lifetime
ALthough many of these activities are carried on in small portion in other cities, they account for 90% of this city.