This weekend promises to be a memorable one at Harnish Wayside Park and Tourist Information Center.
It all begins with a ribbon cutting to make the official grand opening of the facility. That takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Refreshments will be served. Harnish hosts will offer tours of the interior.
For some this will perhaps be the first time they have been inside the center, which was patterned after the Harnish Livery Stables of the early 1900s in Eagle Point. The Little Butte Creek Room and the area attraction rooms provide an abundance of information on the area and on the importance of fishing and water to our entire area.
Artist Ali Pearson finished her murals and sculptures a couple of weeks ago. There are four 4 ft. x 14 ft. murals:
- Eagle Point today with the covered bridge, golf course, city hall and so forth.
- Camp White 1940s era
- Butte Creek Mill and early businesses and the mill’s significance to Eagle Point.
- Early families including John Mathews, Harnish and the Livery stables among others.
Two 5 ft. x 8 ft. murals include:
- Taklema Indians, table rocks and Mc McLoughlin
- Logging and timber including the railroad as it went through Eagle Point.
Two 6 ft. x 8 ft. murals
- Avenue of the Flags
- Little Butte Creek features some of habitat found in and near the creek.
Also included are seven sculptures. These include a school of salmon, a 6+ft. Eagle in flight and a beaver.
In addition, there is a glass case with such things as animal skins.
a tour of the inside is complete, be sure to take time to stroll down
the pathway to the creek. There is a BBQ grill and benches for those
just wanting to take in the beauty of lush green grass and enjoy the
shade provided by the numerous trees.
There is no other
tourist center like Harnish in southern Oregon and no one else has the
murals and sculptures that serve to educate those stopping by about the
Eagle Point area.
On Monday, May 26, Harnish will once again
be the focus of attention as the Picnic in the Park is the first
official event at the new facility.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent