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Fundraiser Saturday to help rebuild of Butte Creek Mill

Six years after a devastating fire, the Butte Creek Mill once again has been certified to begin milling, as well as to mix and package products.

To help mark these and other recent steps that will lead toward complete return of mill operations, a Porch Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 402 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point.

A Christmas day fire in 2015 destroyed much of the original mill building, which had stood along Little Butte Creek since 1872. The mill became a charitable organization in 2017 with the purpose of boosting the local economy and local tourism.

“We can show the mill is coming back to life,” said Jay O’Neal, board chairman of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation. “And generate a little revenue for construction.”

People can buy baking mixes for pancakes, bran muffins and cowboy cookies, as well as other merchandise, including holiday wreaths, and participate in a raffle and silent auction.

The mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the last commercial water-powered grist mill operating west of the Mississippi River. It was a place for people to buy tasty baked goods and provided Eagle Point residents with a local gathering spot.

The organization has raised about $2.2 million and needs about $1 million more to complete construction.

It’s an all-volunteer operation. Purchases, donations and grants go directly toward reconstruction of the mill, O’Neal emphasized.

Products will also be available for purchase online at buttecreekmill.com.

Because construction is ongoing, the event will be held outside, but O’Neal said people might be able to get a peek inside through the door to see how the construction has progressed.