A little over a year ago, I made a stop at the historic Butte Creek Mill. It hadn’t changed much since it opened in 1872.
But recently, I was driving through Eagle Point, and decided to make a quick detour to go by Butte Creek Mill. Here’s what it looks like now:
Christmas morning brought many surprises as usual, but an unexpected and unwanted surprise was hearing the news that this beautiful historic mill caught fire. It was shocking to comprehend that something that had stood the test of time had so suddenly disappeared as it literally went up in smoke.
In the following weeks, residents from my area kept up on the news of what would happen to the site where Butte Creek Mill once stood. I was filled with hope when the owner announced that just enough survived to justify rebuilding and restoring the mill. However, it would take a lot of help. I made a small donation within the month of the fire, but after seeing the burned-down mill with my own eyes, I recently made another donation. You can help rebuild Butte Creek Mill, too! I look forward to the day when Butte Creek Mill once again resembles the top photo!
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I am always so sad when historic sites are damaged or torn down to make room for “progress”. So glad to see this one will be rebuilt. Provo, Utah has a similar story where their 100+ year old tabernacle burnt to the ground in a fire a few years ago. They have rebuilt it and re-purposed it into an incredibly beautiful temple.
This is so sad! Hopefully they get the funds they need and it will be rebuilt soon.
What a shame! Let’s hope they can rebuild the mill!