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EAGLE POINT, Ore. — After succumbing to fire on Christmas Day of 2015, the Butte Creek Mill's resurrection is well underway. On Friday, Treeborn Timber Craft raised the new building's second and third story beams, marking an important step in the reconstruction effort.
Built in 1872, locals considered the original water-powered mill an iconic part of Eagle Point's history. Efforts to rebuild the mill to specifications close to the original have been wildly popular.
That process has been funded by the non-profit Butte Creek Mill Foundation, which the organization says began shortly after the building's destruction in 2015. The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status in 2017.
In a statement, the Foundation expressed that they aim to enrich the local community with the Mill's reconstruction—providing educational opportunities and reopening the Mill General Store, eventually making the Foundation self-sustaining.
"All of this is possible with the continued support of donations and community support to 'Rebuild the Mill,'" the statement reads. "The Butte Creek Mill Foundation is an integral part of the community as it works to bring people together and create lasting connections for the betterment of all."