The O.R. & N. Co. Proposes Running a River Steamer to Eugene.
J.A. McNeill, general traffic agent of the O.R. & N. Co., of Portland, spent last night in Eugene, making arrangements for the running of a regular steamer to Eugene. The company is building a new boat at Portland specially designed for the upper river, and when she is completed about five weeks from now, she will be placed on the route. The boat is of light draught and draws only twelve inches, therefore, will be enable to run here at a very low stage of water. Mr. McNeill says that they intend giving Eugene an excellent service, and hopes to do at least a portion of the business. What the people want here is a regular service, and whoever gives it at a reasonable price will do the business. E. J. McClanahan is the company’s agent at this place, and will also transact business for the river steamer.” Daily Eugene Guard (Oregon), Dec. 28, 1894 pg 1, col. 1.
I often ride my bike along the extensive path system along the river here in Eugene and see how low the water runs here in August. I am sure much has changed in the river since 1894, with the introduction of dams to control winter flooding, but it is hard to imagine any boat other than a jet boat making it up the shallow waters of summer time. It might be noted that the Mr. McNeill’s visit was in December when the Willamette River runs much higher!