View up the Rogue toward Jump-Off Joe Creek
The many small creeks that drain the Grave Creek Hills above the Rogue River create idylic little valleys that attracted the regions early settlers in the 1850s. One of them was called Jump-Off Joe Creek, which empties into the Rogue River just upstream from this viewpoint. A small band of Indians raiding cabins along the creek after the Lupton Massacre in 1855 met their end at the mouth of the creek when a pursuing militia group caught up with them there. It is one of the earliest named streams in Southern Oregon, getting its unusual name from an incident in 1828 when Joe McLoughlin, eldest son of the famed Factor John McLoughlin of the Hudson Bay Company, fell over a bluff into the creek.