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1864: Residents Carve Out a County
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1864: Residents Carve Out a County

CANYON CITY – Grant County was created 150 years ago, but it wasn’t the first county government to apply to this area.

The county was carved out of the original Wasco County, which covered Eastern Oregon as settlers flowed into the...

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From Ireland to Grant County
From Ireland to Grant County

There is a Vinegar Creek, Vinegar Hill and Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area in Grant County. You may be curious about the origin of the name Vinegar.

Years ago I was doing genealogical research in Ireland and came across the name Vinegar...

History’s Mysteries
History’s Mysteries
Glimpses of Grant County's past can be found here – Can you identify them?
Brieflets

– From the Sept. 9, 1938 Blue Mountain Eagle

Mabel Muldrick has built a cabin on her mining claim, the “Zero” on the east end of Canyon Mountain in the Marysville District. She plans it as sort of a summer...

Board OKs Backstops

JOHN DAY – As of last week $14,432 and 500 man hours of labor – none of it tax money – had been placed into the project to develop a baseball and recreation complex on a piece of land in northeast John Day owned by the District 3...

McCarty wins GOLD in Pony Express Race
McCarty wins GOLD in Pony Express Race
Dayville's Jack McCarty races from The Dalles to Canyon City for a 'golden prize' in 1922.
Tureman Inducted to Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979
Tureman Inducted to Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979
Grant County's Sonny Tureman was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.
Marysville School Days Growing up on Pine Creek
Marysville School Days Growing up on Pine Creek
Lifelong Grant County reminisces about growing up in the Pine Creek area and attending Marysville School.
Folks resort to old methods of travel on snowbound roads
Monument-area mail carriers resorted to old delivery methods during the 1944 winter.
Local groups capture county’s rich past

Grant County’s rich, colorful and varied past has been captured and preserved by several museums and organizations. Some are closed during the winter months, but others operate year-round.

Here’s a list of resources where people...

Lung On guilty of selling moonshine whiskey
Lung On guilty of selling moonshine whiskey
John Day Chinese businessman Lung On was found guilty in 1922 of selling bootleg whiskey.
Long Creek Community ThrivesSaloons a Bit Rough-Edged
Long Creek Community ThrivesSaloons a Bit Rough-Edged
In the late 1880s, Long Creek was a respectable community – despite an at times," wild" reputation.
Eagle editor slings accusations, gets shot (in 1888)
The editor of the Long Creek Eagle found himself at the wrong end of a gun in 1888.
Welcome to DayvilleThe City Where Sheep and Roses Meet
With two years as an incorporated town under its belt, Dayville is touted as a "pleasant place to live."
Dayville Becomes a Town
Dayville Becomes a Town
Shortly after its incorporation in 1913, Dayville forms a city council, hall, jail and council chambers.
MARCHING INTO HISTORYBates: Once home to a ‘Major’ group
MARCHING INTO HISTORYBates: Once home to a ‘Major’ group
In the early 1950s, the little town of Bates was home to a popular and award-winning majorettes group.
Squints and Glances
Historical tidbits over the years from throughout Grant County
Step back in TimeBut first there were explorers
Step back in TimeBut first there were explorers
Peter Skene Ogden was among the early European trappers and traders in the Dayville area.