County Seat: Courthouse, 125 E 8th Ave., Eugene 97401
Phone: 541-682-4203 (General); 541-682-4166 (Court Administrator)
Population (2011): 353,155
Established: Jan. 28, 1851
Elev. at Eugene: 422'
Area: 4,620 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 40° July 70°
Assessed Value: $27,224,318,409
Real Market Value: $43,038,475,753
Annual Precipitation: 46"
Economy: Agriculture, higher education, high
technology, forest products, recreation, recreational vehicle manufacturing and tourism
Points of interest
Twenty historic covered bridges, Bohemia Mines, coastal sand dunes, Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden, hot springs, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Lane Community College, Lane ESD Planetarium, Martin Rapids whitewater, McKenzie Pass, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Old Town Florence, Pac-12 sports events, Proxy Falls, sea lion caves, University of Oregon, vineyards and wineries, Waldo Lake, Washburne State Park tide pools, Willamette Pass ski area
History and general information
Lane County was named for General Joseph Lane, a rugged frontier hero who was Oregon’s first territorial governor. Pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s came to Lane County mainly to farm. The county’s first district court met under a large oak tree until a clerk’s office could be built in 1852. A few years later, the first courthouse opened in what is now downtown Eugene. With the building of the railroads, the market for timber opened in the 1880s. Today, wood products are still an important part of the economy in addition to high-technology manufacturing and tourism. Lane County government operates under a home rule charter approved by voters in 1962.
Although 90 percent of Lane County is forest land, Eugene and Springfield comprise the second largest urban area in Oregon.
Commissioners—Jay Bozievich 2015, Pat Farr 2017, Sid Leiken 2015, Peter Sorenson 2017, Faye Stewart 2015; Dist. Atty. Alex Gardner 2017; Assess. Anette Spickard 2015; Clerk Cheryl Betschart; Justice of the Peace Cindy Cable 2015; Sheriff Tom Turner 2017; Surv. Mike Jackson; Co. Admin. Liane Richardson