EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene city officials will return a decades-old historical marker to its home in the city's original southeast corner.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2crbxHQ ) that the plaque was removed to make way for construction of a new Whole Foods grocery store. It commemorates the 1846 donation of 640 acres by city founder Eugene Skinner and his wife.
Officials plan to hold a small ceremony to mark its return Thursday. It will be installed in a concrete inlet in front of the store.
City Surveyor Tim Fassbender says all land development in downtown Eugene is based upon the corner.
According to Fassbender, the first plaque was set at the location in 1959 but was lost during 1970s construction for Herfy's burger joint. A second plaque was installed.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com