Eagle Point in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Snowy Butte Mill
— A History of the Mill —
Built on the banks of Little Butte Creek in 1872, under the name Snowy Butte Mill, local farmers would bring their wheat to the mill, their wagons lining the road for miles.
The road in front of the mill is the old military road to Fort Klamath. Klamath Indians trekked 90 miles from Fort Klamath to trade berries and leather goods for flour.
The mill still uses the original French buhr stones that were quarried in France near Paris, assembled into four-foot diameter stones in Moline, Illinois, shipped around the Horn to Crescent City, California, carried over the mountains by wagon and put into service here more than 130 years ago.
Erected 2006 by Umpqua Joe 1859 Fledgling Outpost of Humbug Chapter #73 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 N Royal Ave, Eagle Point OR 97524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Antelope Creek Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Point Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Point National Cemetery Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); US Army Camp White (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bybee Ferry (approx. 5.3 miles away); Table Rock Monument (approx. 7.1 miles away); Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagle Point.
More about this marker. Marker was destroyed in a devastating 2015 Christmas Day fire. The Umpqua Joe and Humbug ECV chapters will re-dedicate a new plaque once the mill is rebuilt.
Regarding Snowy Butte Mill. After suffering a devastating fire on Christmas morning in 2015, the owners of the historic Butte Creek Mill have established the Butte Creek Mill Foundation with the goal of rebuilding the historic mill. A recent January, 2018 article from the mill website highlights their plans in more detail: Until the early morning of December 25, 2015, the world-famous Butte Creek Mill, on the National Register of Historic Places, was the only water-powered gristmill West of the Mississippi commercially grinding flour. The Mill operated in the same manner as it did when it was built
The Butte Creek Mill Foundation was established as a result of a call to action by the community to rebuild the Mill. The Foundation was granted its 501(c)(3) status in early 2017. As a result of this designation, the Foundation has started a capital campaign to rebuild the Mill. We are in the process of soliciting grant funding, as well as individual donations. To date the Foundation has raised over $400,000 in cash and over $500,000 in in-kind donations. In addition, the Timber Framer’s Guild has committed to rebuilding the Mill as their 2018 Community Project. Once the Mill is rebuilt, the Foundation will oversee the operation of the Butte Creek Mill.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 9, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.