1878 Choral Society of Eugene City was formed – earliest non-sectarian efforts of organized singing. The first known public appearance of the society was the UO commencement in June 1884.
Snapshot of Lane County in the 1880's
Amusement and entertainment revolves around theaters and dance halls. Vaudeville gains popularity. Dance and music venues are dual purpose (roller skate/dance floors).
- 1884 Population reaches 2,000 in Eugene
- 1884 First Lane County Fair
- 1884 Eugene Register first edition
- 1885 Villard Hall built on UO campus
- 1886 D. W. Coolidge, Professor of Music, Piano, Organ, and Harmony began the one-person department at the UO with 31 piano students and 2 organ students (2 men and 29 women)
- 1887 Railroad completed to California. Oregon and California Railroad became Southern Pacific Railroad run by UO patron Henry Villard
- 1887 Electric lighting system introduced
- 1888 Name changed to Eugene
- 1888 The Wildcat Creek Road pushed west from Elmira to Mapleton
- 1888 Mary E. McCornack assumes the position of Director of Conservatory of Music (UO)
- 1880 First American symphony - "In Spring" is written and performed by John Knowles Paine and is the first American symphony published in our nation. This can mark the beginning of American symphonies and their success.
- 1881 Boston Symphony Orchestra established
- 1883 Metropolitan Opera House opens in New York
- 1888 Columbia Records is founded as the first major record label in country. Columbia found major success with the invention of vinyl records which revolutionized music in US
First fraternal organization in Eugene. Location: Originally at 47 W 8th Ave, downtown Eugene, then moved to 992 Olive St.
Eugene’s first documented organized band. Active years as a band: 1859 – 1872 Active years as an association: 1872 – 1940s? On March 5, 1859 the Eugene City Brass Band (a 14-piece band) gave a concert at the courthouse. A news item in the People’s Press had this to say about the concert: “…Notwithstanding the rain […]
Location: 9th and Oak St. Downtown Eugene Owner: J.B. Rhinehart Because Eugene’s location offered a convenient one-night stop for road companies traveling between Portland and San Francisco, many of the top stars of the day appeared on the Rhinehart Theater stage. Building History 1884 Rhinehart Theater – As the town grew in size, moving outward […]
Location: 488 Willamette St. Downtown Eugene Built and operated by Charles Lane. Here the city’s first citizens gathered for traveling shows of various types, as well as other public events. 1869 Lane Hall was the first public structure built after the town was incorporated. The hall was a narrow frame structure with wooden benches located Eighth Avenue […]