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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Surely
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Still Sundown?Surely Not

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
191095596
1920105939
1930189015
1940208387
19503587955
1960179
197076346600103
1980
1990112669162
200017294916128168433003

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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
"By 1923 Eugene would be described as one of the 'thoroughly Ku Kluxed cities of Oregon.'" "Eugene's few dozen black families, whose men were predomantly railroad employees and women domestic servants, lived in small residential pockets near the Ferry Street Bridge [now part of Eugene, but formerly a separate town] and in West Eugene [a separate town]." "She looked at me like I was stupid and said something to the effect that sundown laws were on the books (but ignored) until about 15 years ago, and that it was a really big deal, and not a secret, and anyone who said Eugene wasn't sundown must not have lived here very long.... I asked how she knew this and she said 'everybody knows it.'" - posted to the web, 2003 "There was a recent serious controversy over removal of a 47' high concrete cross in a park atop Skinner's Butte, the high point of the city: the atheists finally got it removed as a church/state violation over the opposition of conservative Christians. Only occasionally mentioned was the fact that the cross was apparently a concrete version of the wooden cross burned atop the Butte starting in the 1930s to warn off non whites." -posted to the web, 2003
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