The Butte Creek Mill Foundation Presents "Rebuilding History in Southern Oregon” Guest Speakers: Sue Kupillas, President of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation and Bob Russell, Former Owner Of Butte Creek Mill Forum attendees learned about the rich history of the Butte Creek Mill and heard updates about its restoration from Bob Russell and Sue Kupillas. The Butte Creek Mill was built in 1872 and has had an immeasurable impact on the Rogue Valley for over 100 years, said Russell. The Mill tragically burned down on Christmas Day 2015, but efforts to rebuild are underway. Russell also played a video which recounted many of the Mill’s most significant historical moments. “The Butte Creek Mill has always been a hub for community events,” he said. Kupillas provided updates on construction, and proudly noted the project is running on budget and on time. To date, the Butte Creek Mill Foundation has raised $1.9 million to rebuild the mill. “We’ve had auctions, golf tournaments and concerts, but most of the money has been small donations from the community,” she said. The Foundation is also using materials which pay tribute to the Mill’s history. Kupillas explained the Mill will be built with all Oregon wood and use hand-hewn timbers like the original builders did in 1872. The Butte Creek Mill will also have some new additions, Kupillas said, including ADA accessibility and a state-of-the-art fire suppression system. Russell and Kupillas are enthusiastic about the work that has been completed, and what the future holds for the Butte Creek Mill. “The Mill represents a simpler time,” said Kupillas. “It will once again be a place for the community, families, students and visitors to gather.”
Monday, December 10, 2018

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