Downtown Tour

Downtown Tour

This route loops through downtown Eugene, starting with Alton Baker Park, where Lane County’s first African-American community once stood, moving on to several stops in the city center, including Rosa Parks Plaza at Lane Transit District’s downtown station and ending with the Eugene Depot.

It describes what it was like for a Black person to live and work in Eugene in the early 1900s through the 1940s when Oregon exclusion laws prohibited Black people from living in the state. It also shares the remarkable, inspiring stories of those who stayed.


Start at Alton Baker Park’s main entrance and travel to the north end of the park, along the river, between the Peter DeFazio walking bridge and the Ferry Street Bridge. Start by warming up with a few stretches.

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