Grants Pass sits in southern Oregon, right on Interstate 5 and very near the community of Medford. This is a fun community with some great activities. It’s also very near to some honest to goodness first class attractions too like Wildlife Safari, Oregon Caves National Monument, and Crater Lake. You could even take Highway 199 and head west to the Pacific Ocean!
It’s always nice to know more about a place before you visit. Here are five fun facts about Grants Pass, Oregon.
What’s In A Name?
Grants Pass post office was established in 1865 and was given its name to honor the success of future President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant’s success at Vicksburg during the Civil War.
In 1992, two brothers joined together to run a small pushcart coffee business in downtown Grants Pass. That one pushcart would eventually grow to become the very well known drive-thru coffee chain, Dutch Brothers.
The Grants Pass Daily Courier, the main newspaper for Josephine County, was established way back in 1885.
Grants Pass Running Back
Dick James was born in Grants Pass and would go on to play football at the University of Oregon. He was then selected in the 8th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played eight seasons with the Redskins and then one each with the Giants and Vikings. 2002 would see him named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins on the 70th anniversary of the team’s founding. He would also be so honored in 2012 as a member of the 80 Greatest Redskins. As of 2016, he still holds the NFL record for most career rushing touchdowns by a player born in Oregon.
Oldest and Best
Grants Pass is home to the state of Oregon’s longest running growers and crafters market.