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Beagle was near Eagle Point

Every so often when I’m giving directions or just describing places in rural Jackson County, I’ll use the town of Beagle as a landmark. These days, however, most people don’t seem to know where I’m talking about. You guys ran a detailed story about Beagle back in 1986. Is there any chance you could run it to help keep the town’s memory alive?

— Jim J.

We’re in the business of running new stories rather than old ones, so we can’t rerun the July 24, 1986, story “Beagle gone, but not forgotten.”

However, since you so kindly spared us a research step by bringing us a clipping of the article, we can draw heavily from the information it provided.

Beagle was one of many of Jackson County’s tiny farm communities in the late 19th and early 20th century, such as Buncom, according to Mail Tribune archives and Jackson County Genealogy Library records.

According to the Genealogy library, the town about 12 miles east of Gold Hill was founded by William Beagle in 1885.

At its peak, Beagle had a post office, general store, grade school and the Beagle Stickies, a baseball team that compete against teams in Sams Valley and Table Rock.

In 1942, Beagle became property of the U.S. government, and the area was transformed into a “cantonment” range designed to simulate Germany’s fortified positions across the coasts of Europe, according to the 1986 article and another from 2013.

After the war, the government offered to sell back the land for its original selling price. Some took up the government on its offer, while other farmers had moved along. Those who stayed reportedly found themselves unearthing shell casings, shell craters and the occasional live round.

After the government bought the land, Beagle residents gathered once a year for a picnic. By 1986, the picnics were an annual tradition going back 43 years, but it’s unclear how much longer the tradition lasted.

Many of the participants were well into in their 70s by the time of the 1986 article, and by 2013 the numbers of World War II veterans who trained at Camp White were dwindling.

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