Bob Russell is the newest owner of the Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point. He purchased the mill in June 2005.
Bob has been a collector of antiques since the age of nine, when he would find old bits and pieces, in his native town of Portland. He has always loved history and preserving the past. Antiquing is what first brought Russell to Eagle Point.
You can watch the miller, Mike Hawkins, who has been the miller for 20 years, monitor the process from the main floor.
The mill features a series of planters filled with flowers across the front of the building and benches are placed so that people can sit and enjoy the area and look at Butte Creek as well.
The first floor of the mill has an inviting entry area where the visitor can view the miller working, hear a video about the mill, and enjoy a showcase filled with old pictures and mill memorabilia. The downstairs is an interpretive center that allows people to see and understand the water wheel grinding process.
Antique lovers don’t have to wait to see changes already at the mill. Authentic old signs, hundreds of containers of all shapes and sizes line the shelves, all from the Russell’s own antique collection.
The Russell family has moved truck after truck of antiques down from their Portland area residence. Those items are for sale in the antique store, which used to be an old cheese factory, adjacent to the mill. There is an old-fashioned soda fountain, old barber chair, advertising, collectables and much much more.
The Russells are living in Eagle Point and are involved in the community, Bob became the Eagle Point Mayor in 2011. They have three grown children.
On the National Register of Historic Places, the world famous Butte Creek Mill is the only grist mill in Oregon still grinding flour. Stone Grinding Flour the same way they did in 1872. You can taste the difference in all their products from their whole wheat flours, gluten free flours, organic flours to their oats.