Grant County is a county located in the state of Oregon. The county was named for General Ulysses S. Grant, who at the time of the county's creation in 1864, was well-known as an American Civil War hero. As of 2000, the population is 7,935. The county seat is located at Canyon City.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 11,731 km² (4,529 mi²). 11,729 km² (4,529 mi²) of it is land and 2 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.02% water. Grant shares boundaries with more counties (eight) than any other county in Oregon
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Points of Interest: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Veteran’s Memorial, Kam Wah Chung Museum, Joaquin Miller Cabin, Grant County Historical Museum, Sacred Totem Pole, Grant County Historical Mural, Dewitt Museum, Depot Park, Sumpter Valley Railroad, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness and North Fork John Day River Wilderness.
General Information: Grant County was created in 1864 from Wasco and Umatilla Counties and was named for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. It shares boundaries with more counties (eight) than any other county in Oregon.
Grant County contains the headwaters of the John Day River, which has more miles of Wild and Scenic designation than any other river in the United States. More than 60 percent of the land in the county is in public ownership.
County Officials: Commissioners—Boyd Britton (R) 2007, Scott Myers (R) 2009, Judge Dennis Reynolds, chair (R) 2006; Dist. Atty. Christie Timko (NP) 2007; Assess. Lane Burton (D) 2009; Clerk Kathy McKinnon (R) 2009; Justice of the Peace Terrance Ferrell (NP) 2006; Sheriff Glenn Palmer (NP) 2009; Surv. Robert Bagett (D) 2009; Treas. Kathy Smith (R) 2009.
Canyon City ( 44°23'27" North, 118°56'56" West (44.390829, -118.948990) is the county seat of Grant County, Oregon, about a mile south of John Day on U.S. Highway 395. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 669.
Canyon City was established in the 1860s as a result of the discovery of gold in Canyon Creek, which flows through the town. According to Oregon's Golden Years (ISBN 0870042548), the discovery led to land between Canyon City and John Day being worth $500 per square yard ($598/m²). Panning for gold could yield several ounces in each pan of sediment. At the peak of the local gold rush, 10,000 lived in Canyon City, making it larger than Portland at the time.
John Day (44°25'5" North, 118°57'18" West (44.418091, -118.955064), at an elevation of 3083' (640 m) is a town located about a mile north of Canyon City in Grant County, Oregon, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 26 and 395. The town is named for the nearby John Day River, which had been named for a Virginian member of the 1811 Astor-Hunt party. I
Prairie City Prairie City is located at 44°27'34" North, 118°42'33" West (44.459459, -118.709271)GR1. is a city located in Grant County, Oregon. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,080.
Address: PO Box 370, 97869
Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon is located at 44°25'5" North, 119°6'46" West (44.418033, -119.112686)GR1) is a city located in Grant County, Oregon. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 595.
Address: PO Box 647, 97865
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