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Dead Indian Creek
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Location of the mouth of Dead Indian Creek in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Physical characteristics
Main source Cascade Range
east of Ashland
5,684 ft (1,732 m)
42°13′17″N 122°29′08″W / 42.22139°N 122.48556°W / 42.22139; -122.48556
River mouth South Fork of Little Butte Creek
east of Medford
2,562 ft (781 m)
42°20′18″N 122°27′10″W / 42.33833°N 122.45278°W / 42.33833; -122.45278
Basin features
Basin size 22.4 sq mi (58 km2)

Dead Indian Creek is a tributary of South Fork Little Butte Creek in Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It flows generally north through the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the Cascade Range east of Medford. The creek begins at 2,562 feet (781 m) above sea level near Howard Prairie Lake and enters the South Fork at Camp Latgawa. The South Fork flows northwest to meet the North Fork near Lake Creek; combined they form Little Butte Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River.

Dead Indian Creek was so named in the 1850s when two Tututni died near its banks. According to Oregon Geographic Names, Dead Indian Mountain and Dead Indian Memorial Road are also named after the same incident in which two settlers found two dead Native Americans in deserted dwellings near the creek. The road, originally named "Dead Indian Road" but renamed to avoid being interpreted as denigrating, eventually extended from Ashland, past the mountain and the creek to Upper Klamath Lake.

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