View to Lupton Massacre Site
On the morning of Oct. 8, 1855, a band of agitated "volunteers" led by James Lupton out of Jacksonville attacked a small village of Indians while they slept on the reservation side of the Rogue River across from Little Butte Creek. The massacre left more than 20 Rogues dead, mostly women, children and old men, as well as Lupton himself. Its larger significance lie in its aftermath--it sparked immediate reprisals by angered Rogue warriors, who swept up the river the next day, murdering unsuspecting settlers and burning their cabins in what some historians call "the bloodiest day the valley had ever seen," and setting off the wars of 1855-56. This view looks north up a sweeping 'S' curve on the Rogue toward Upper Table Rock in the distance. Chief Jake's village lay across the river in the overgrown area on the left, and Little Butte Creek flows into the river from the right.