Fun Facts About Eugene, OR

If Eugene, OR has never come up on your GPS, you may need to change directions. The beautiful city is located on the Willamette River and attracts a few tourists each year. While the residents of the area enjoy the simple pleasures of life, there are a few amazing things about the beautiful location.

If you live in or visit Eugene, here are a few fun facts to consider:

  • Owen Memorial Rose Garden features the oldest Black Tartarian cherry tree in the United States


  • Dee Wright Observatory features 1500-year old flows of lava


  • Delta Old Growth Nature Trail is home to trees that are more than 500 years old




  • Nike was birthed here


  • The only city in the United States to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for three consecutive years


  • No sales tax in the state of Oregon


  • A ban on plastic bags in Eugene since 2013 – the third city in Oregon to take this sustainability step, joining Portland and Corvallis. Seattle and San Francisco have similar ordinances


  • Oregon is one of only two states with statutes requiring attendants to pump your gas. (New Jersey is the other.) The 1951 law cites health, safety and job creation as the reasons for prohibiting self-service at gas stations


  • Eugene is consistently among the ranks of the most bicycle friendliest cities


  • Donald Duck is the only Disney mascot utilized by a sport at the University of Oregon, which is located in Eugene


  • Widely known as TrackTown USA


These are just a few of the fun facts about the cute little city of Eugene, OR.


  • First NCAA basketball champions when the Ducks defeated Ohio State in 1939


  • Home to Oregon’s second largest lake (behind Crater Lake) and one of the purest lakes in the world