Museum

History


The Eagle Point Museum has a large and notable collection of physical artifacts, photographs and heritage materials directly related to the history of Eagle Point. In fact, the Eagle Point Museum is the second in its collection of artifacts in Jackson County to the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Originally the Long Mountain School House built in 1925, the building was moved to Eagle Point in about 1945. It continued in use as a school, and later joining other schools in the consolidated District 9. In 1978, the community joined together and moved the building to its present location at 202 North Royal Avenue, and opened the Eagle Point Museum in 1978.  Later additions were made to the building in the 1990’s. The City of Eagle Point assumed responsibility for the Eagle Point Museum in 2008.

Eagle Point Museum

Tours and Special Events


The museum is available for tours for schools and special events. Please contact the city for more information at 541 826-4212.

Timeline of the History of Eagle Point

The Little Butte Creek area was settled by in the westward migration in 1852, the traditional lands of the Takelma people. Mills, commerce and schools followed soon as the Nichols, Mathews, Ashpole, Brown and other families established homesteads. Orchards were planted in 1900, and by 1907, rail service extended to Butte Falls. The town of Eagle Point was incorporated in 1911, Camp White was established in 1942 and dismantled in 1947. Highway 62 was paved in 1945, and tourism to the Upper Rogue and to Crater Lake increased. An interactive timeline of the history of Eagle Point is coming soon.

Heritage Preservation

The City of Eagle Point is deeply committed to heritage preservation and respectful of its history and responsive to the community. In 2020, the City of Eagle Point, the Eagle Point Museum and key community members worked with Southern Oregon University to digitize important historic materials that tell the early stories of the town.  Journals dating from the settlement period, audiocassettes of oral history interviews from the 1980s and 1990s, architectural surveys, old VHS tapes and written recollections of earlier times were all converted to digital form and published to the web. These primary source materials tell the stories of everyday life in the city of Eagle Point through the years and are an invaluable record for the future. This project was funded in part by the Oregon Heritage Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the State Library of Oregon, and most recently by the Jackson County Cultural Coalition.

Digital Resources

Guardians of the Eagle Point Museum

Butte Creek Mill

Wood House

Travel Southern Oregon

Story Map of Eagle Point

Architectural Survey by George Kramer, 2020 [pdf] and by Carol Barrett, 1990 [pdf]

Camp White and Eagle Point by Carol Barrett [pdf]

Moving the Antelope Covered Bridge [video] and Here Comes the Bridge [video]

Brief History of Eagle Point (video) and Carol Barrett’s History of Eagle Point [video]

Historic Photos of Eagle Point [video]

Butte Creek Mill, 2006 [video]

History of Eagle Point by Gaynell Krambeal [pdf] Volume 1 and Volume 2

1911 Eagle Point Town Ordinances [pdf] and Eagle Point Centennial, Upper Rogue Independent (pdf)

James Fryer’s Journals, 1867-1912 [pdf] and Notes on the Life of James J. Fryer Based on His Personal Journals, 1867-1912 by J. Warren Straus, 1990 [pdf]

Givan Ranch by Jim Guenther (the old Medford Elk’s campground) [pdf]

Ralph Train: His Life and Times and Builders and War [video]

Oral Histories [audio]: Ed Dahack, Joan (Holmes) Redmond, Don Ashpole, Helen Wolgamott and others

Helen Wolgamott and the Eagle Point Museum [video] and Eagle Point Museum and its Guardians [video]

Eagle Point Librarians [audio] and Celebrating the Opening of the Eagle Point Public Library [video]

Schools of the Upper Rogue by Tommie Smith and the Upper Rogue Historical Society [video]

A Brief History of the Eagle Point School System by Clarence Frank Davies [pdf]

The Camp White Story: Southern Oregon Goes to War (video)

Camp White Military Museum

Camp White Combat Engineers’ Oral Histories

Camp White: View of Combat Village

Unearthing the Past: Archaeology of the Rogue Indian Wars by Mark Tveskov [video]

Pears and POWs: Camp White 1942-1946 by Madelina Cordia [video]

German POW Re-Education at Camp White by Joe Peterson (video)

The Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake by Dennis Ellingson [video]

Southern Oregon Digital Archives and Southern Oregon University Library and Archives

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society and Library

Southern Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Historical Records Index

Stories of Southern Oregon on YouTube

Jackson County Library Service

Historic Oregon Newspapers

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Jackson County Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Jackson County Property Online

Oregon Heritage  and National Register of Historic Places

US Bureau of Land Management Records