Neither Butteville or Champoeg is a city today. They were both destroyed by flooding in 1861. However, except for that dramatic force of nature, Butteville might have been an important Oregon city. The community shipped wheat to the world between 1850-1880 and its future looked bright. Today the former city is reduced to one business, the Historic Butteville Store. in existence since the 1860s, it is the oldest operating store in Oregon. Now considered a ghost town, many early Oregonians came through bustling Butteville before continuing down the Willamette River.
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On September 6, 2012 Jim Scheppke produced a KMUZ radio feature with Mark Hinds, historian of Champoeg, to be broadcast in the following October. The interview began at the 1901 monument on the site where pioneer settlers discussed the vote to make the Oregon settlement a part of the United States in 1843. Along with Virginia Green and Thomas Green, Jr. (photographer) the Walkabout group moved on to the site of the former town to hear Mark trace the story of Champoeg’s history before the flood of 1861 demolished the town. A podcast of this program may be found in the archives listing on the KMUZ website.