Big Butte Historical Society

E. W. Smith and Bill Edmondson Museum


Open by appointment.


432 Pine Street

Butte Falls, OR 97522


The Big Butte Historical Society began in the early 1990's with a small museum housed in an 1890's Medco train caboose. Our exhibits were then extended into the library depot museum. In the mid 90's the Society acquired the home of Dr. E.W. Smith. We extensively renovated the building and established a permanent museum. This museum highlights the lives of E.W. Smith and Bill

Edmondson. Smith photographed the history of the development of Butte Falls from the early days of the mill, while Edmondson carved our history in wood. Knowing history helps us know who we are as a community. The preservation of our history is important because of the uniqueness of our past and how our past contributes to this place we call Jackson County.