We are fundraising to rebuild and restore the historically-significant Butte Creek Mill in Jackson County, Oregon and make it accessible to all through appropriate modifications in the structure all while preserving its historic integrity.
The Mill is an iconic structure that was built in 1872 in Eagle Point, Oregon. It is on the National Register of Historic Places as the last water-powered grist mill, still commercially operating, this side of the Mississippi. That was until a tragic fire on Christmas morning in 2015 that consumed the "capital of Eagle Point," as locals fondly referred to the Mill. The Mill brought people from all over the world to Eagle Point.
The primary goal of this project is to restore the Mill to its original glory as a fully functional gristmill that produces high quality, locally sourced, nutritional products in an ecologically sensitive manner all while allowing it to be accessible to all. The structure itself, as well as the techniques and processes that occur at the mill, lend itself to a plethora of educational opportunities to all that visit the Mill. The operation of the Mill also helps to preserve the water rights that allow the Little Butte Creek to flow year-round and protect the habitat for the fish.
The restoration of the Mill will have environmental, educational, nutritional, economic and historical significance. It will be restored and enhanced as a beacon for tourism in the area that will generate revenue in Southern Oregon for decades to come.