Eagle Point history written for young and old to enjoy

This graphic shows the history of Eagle Point
This graphic shows the history of Eagle Point

Writing authentic historical information is a challenge to say the very least. Writing about history that could be read and understood by any age individual adds to the challenge.  But Eagle Point resident Everett Jennings showed he is up to both challenges. He tops it off with a bit of humor and, at times, a few notes that really aren’t authentic.
Jennings has done this in a publication he simply labels, "Eagle Point, Oregon."  It is history displayed as we are sure no one else has ever attempted. The 9 x11 spiral 46- page booklet is unique in that Jennings has researched history of the town and then utilizing CAD computer skills.  As accurately as possible, he has placed structures in downtown Eagle Point.
Jennings starts with Eagle Point from 1900-1909, placing the structures on a road map as well as with detailed structures placed where they were at that time. His next map shows a bustling community from the 1910-1913 era and again he has a road map to accompany it. Finally, he shows a 2007 map that displays the current structures and notes that are of historical significance.
For the most part, buildings are done in the color they actually are. He has details such as metal roofs, shakes and wood, whether it is vertical or horizontal. Jennings said he spent about six months on the project. The detail is amazing and well worth the $20 he is asking for the publication.
In addition to the detailed drawings, is a chronological history of the community and structures. And, a bit of his humor here and there.
Jennings came to Eagle Point in 1995 to visit his brother. He saw the covered bridge, met friendly people and even had a police officer talk to him. It didn’t take long for Jennings to decide this was where a senior engineer, who was an electrical mechanical designer for US Sprint and General Telephone needed to retire.
Writing and history is a whole new career for him, but one he obviously takes seriously.
The idea for the publication started at Santiago’s Restaurant in downtown Eagle Point. Books will be available there or by calling Jennings at 830-4069.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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