Eagle Point will be 100 years old this week and there will be a special reason to celebrate.
The corner of Royal and Main, more recently a mudhole and prior to that the home of a service station and even before that, a holding area for cattle branding, is now Centennial Plaza.
It will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Following the dedication, there will be a reception at the Ashpole Center, located at city hall. A lot of the history of Eagle Point people, places and things will be on display. It will be a time to learn more about the community and meet many of the people who have played key roles in the development of Eagle Point.
In addition to the historic displays, the postal department will be represented and will be offering the special Eagle Point Centennial stamping of an envelope free. First day envelopes with a beautiful full color picture of Centennial Plaza will be for sale as will postcards with four of Eagle Point’s better known sites on it.
Centennial coins will also be available for sale. There will be bronze, silver and gold coins. The front side of the coin features the Centennial logo and the back side has the City of Eagle Point’s logo.
In addition, the Upper Rogue Independent put out a 40-page Centennial edition Feb.8 that was mailed to all in the Eagle Point 97524 zip code. It is a chronological history of Eagle Point from the 1850s to today and includes some of the people who have been newsmakers in the community along with some of the historic homes and a bit of their history. It will be available for sale for $1 at the open house and throughout the year as long as the supply lasts.
Those who wish are encouraged to dress for the period. Some of the staff will be in attire that could have been worn around the turn of the century.
Many have put considerable effort to make the Feb. 12 event special for all to enjoy. It is the first of events that will be held throughout the year to mark Eagle Point’s first century.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent