Coburg, Oregon

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Coburg is a city (and a National Historic District) in Lane County, Oregon, United States, 8 miles (13 km) north of Eugene. The city's estimated population as of 2007 was 1,070 residents.[3]

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History

The city was originally named Diamond after John Diamond, an early pioneer in the area, on whose land claim the city was located.[4] The city's current name comes from a stallion that was named after the Coburg district of Bavaria, Germany, from whence the horse had been imported.[4] The city of Coburg has the Coburg Historic District and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The period of significance of the buildings in the district dates back to 1875.[5]

Economy

Business

Coburg is headquarters for Monaco Coach Corporation, a major manufacturer of recreational vehicles. Monaco Coach also has a manufacturing plant in Coburg, as well as plants in Bend, and in Elkhart, Indiana. Coburg is also the headquarters of Marathon Coach, a manufacturer of luxury bus conversion motorcoaches.

Speed trap

Coburg's city government has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for its budget through speeding fines at a speed trap on Interstate 5 located outside of city limits.[6] By 2003, the city was raising nearly half of its $1.7 million annual budget through traffic fines.[7] The speed trap was temporarily ended when a state legislator from Eugene[which?] sponsored bills to make the practice against the law, effective January 2004.[6] Police Chief Hudson also lost his job, following the adoption of the new law.[7] However, the city annexed a segment of I-5, which enabled the continuation of revenue from traffic fines to motorists in this area.[6]

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