EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The ongoing reconstruction project for the iconic Butte Creek Mill has received a major shot in the arm from Rogue Credit Union, the Butte Creek Mill Foundation announced on Monday.
"Today is the first day that you can visit any Rogue Credit Union branch and donate to the rebuilding of the Butte Creek Mill. Rogue Credit Union will match your donation up to $5,000.00," the Foundation said in a statement.
The original Butte Creek Mill was built in 1872, and locals long considered it a pivotal part of Eagle Point's history. It burned down on Christmas Day of 2015. Since then, a largely grassroots effort to rebuild the structure has gained a lasting surge of support.
According to the Foundation, Gene Pelham — President and CEO of Rogue Credit Union — grew up across from the Butte Creek Mill and wants to show support for the project.
"He appreciates the significance the Mill has for our community. He has donated personally to the Butte Creek Mill Foundation to ensure this community treasure is not lost," the Foundation said.
While the original Butte Creek Mill was a for-profit enterprise, the Foundation that has spurred the reconstruction project has been a non-profit since 2017 and looks to incorporate the new structure into the community in even more pivotal ways.
The Foundation said that it has raised over $1.9 million-dollars of the $2.5 million-dollar budget needed to rebuild and restore the Butte Creek Mill.