Thursday, September 06, 2007

Eagle Point and the Butte Creek Mill

We took some backroads to the campground in Eagle Point. Along Brownsboro Highway (a two lane road) we came upon this field and I stopped the Musemobile (our Winnebago we are hoping the company would sponsor a photoblog cross country some day - fat chance) long enough to get this shot.

A lot went on in between including a Vince Gill and Amy Grant concert in Jacksonville, OR we attended with Mr. & Mrs CS Railway. The concert (not photography allowed) was fantastic and having them with us there to share the concert was very special. Today we all went to the Butte Creek Mill.

The mill began operation in 1872. Farmers traveled from miles away, their wagons filled with grain lining the Old Military Road to Snowy Butte Creek Mill to have their flour ground. The miller was paid for his services by keeping every seventh bag of flour to sell in the Butte Creek general store. The Klamath Indians trekked 90 miles from Fort Klamath to trade berries and leather goods for flour.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the world famous Butte Creek Mill is the only grist mill in Oregon still grinding flour.

The Musemoblie found a happy parking place in front of the Antique Store on Mill property.

The great thing, aside from the staff at the mill was the historical look and memorabilia still in use to display the goods,

There are plenty of old parts and tools around for added flavor.

Of course thee are also old signs and flour sacks,

On the lower floor is a great old table in a room with stone walls.

More mechanical "iron" consisting of wheels and gears are stacked neatly.

I liked this view of an old hutch in the room with the table.

Another John Ford scene shot through the open window.

in one deep dark room for "employees only" are what looked like storage and some mechanical gizmo's.

I like this picture looking up the stairs to the main floor.

I especially liked the saying on this shelf - and it's very true at the Butte Creek Mill.

It is a very colorful and enchanting place.

One more view of the mill then on to the antique store.

Bob Russell and his wife, Debbie are the new owners of the Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point and are marvelous folks. They both helped us sort through the antique store where we made a few more purchases.

The soda fountain in the antique store, came from the Milwaukee Pharmacy in Portland. It has a marble top and stained glass columns. I haven't seen one of these cigar store Indians since I was in junior high school. I think they were a point of conflict in the 60's between the Native Americans and the general population.

No Scrabble

Quote of the Day ~
"Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value." ~ Arthur Miller
Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide.

Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to give evidence before the House Unfont>-American Activities Committee, being the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama among other awards, and for marrying Marilyn Monroe. At the time of his death, Miller was considered one of the greatest American playwrights.

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