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. 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.
Author Bio: David G. Turner has lived in Eugene twice, first during the 1970s while earning a graduate degree in art history at the University of Oregon (UO) and again in 2003, when he returned to the UO Museum of Art. In between those times, he was a director of three art museums, and he currently teaches at UO. Eugene has many great collections of visual material, most notably the Lane County Historical Museum and University of Oregon Libraries, illustrating the unique diversity of the city’s history in this book.
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