Confluence of Little Butte Creek and the Rogue
In the early morning of Oct. 8, 1855, a band of agitated Jacksonville "volunteers" led by James Lupton attacked a small village on the north bank of the Rogue across from Little Butte Creek. The massacre left more than 20 natives 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 warriors, who swept up the river the next day, murdering unsuspecting settlers and burning their cabins in what some called "the bloodiest day the valley had ever seen," and thus setting off the war of 1855-56. This view looks north across the confluence of the Rogue and Little Butte Creek toward Upper Table Rock in the distance.