Old Oak on Little Butte Creek
A band of Takelma (aka Rogue) Indians had long made their home along this robust creek, which empties into the Rogue River a few hundred feet west of here. In 1853, they were forced to move to the other side of Rogue onto the new reservation created in the treaty negotiated by Gen. Joseph Lane. Two years later, despite being in the supposed safety of the reservation, their village was attack by Jacksonville "volunteers" in what became known as the Lupton Massacre, initiating the last and bloodiest chapter in the Rogue River Indian Wars. Still one of the best salmon-producing tributaries of the Rogue, Little Butte Creek was so named by early settlers because its headwaters rise on the flanks of Mt. McLoughlin, which in those days was known as Snowy Butte.