Grant County Oregon History and Genealogy

 Grant County was established on October 14, 1864, and named for General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. Earlier in his military career Grant had been stationed at Fort Vancouver and assigned to protect the increasing number of emigrants traveling the Oregon Trail. Grant County is located in eastern Oregon and was created out of Wasco and Umatilla Counties. At that time Grant County was the largest county in the state. Its size was later reduced by the transfer of land to Lake County and the creation of Harney and Wheeler Counties. Grant County shares boundaries with eight counties: Morrow, Umatilla, and Union to the north; Harney to the south; Malheur and Baker to the east; and Crook and Wheeler to the west. It has an area of 4,528 square miles. Read more...

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