The castle has taken Noland 12 years to build, all the while the family lived quite joyously in a trailer. They reflect on those days with much happiness as they share stories about it, including one in which the trailer (once the castle was complete) was hoisted and hauled away the kids asked curiously, "I lived in a trailer?"
Like many homesteads the property was a virtual museum of large machines in half working condition. Projects to be completed one day were everywhere and it seemed the home was just sharing space with the fascinating hodge-podge of future possibilities. The greatest feat by far was the heating system that keeps the family home warm. The massive 3000+ sq ft home is heated by the same garbage fuels that Noland runs his car on: hydraulic fluid, train diesel, motor oil and the like. To burn them for home heating he built a massive incinerator of sorts which sends heat to hydronic tubing in the home's floor.
The rest of Eugene, on quick glance, seemed like a dark and wet town of mid size with no one in it. Having little further interest we moved on to Portland.