History

How We Got Our Name
Grants Pass was a stagecoach stop in the 1860’s, and became a rail head when the Oregon-California Railroad (now Southern Pacific) was completed in 1884.

Named in honor of General U.S. Grant’s 1863 victory at Vicksburg, the name originally had an apostrophe (Grant’s Pass) which was dropped after 1900.

It is the Josephine County seat. The county is named for Josephine Rollins Ort, who came to the Illinois Valley with her father in 1851. Her party was credited with the first discovery of gold in Southern Oregon, the catalyst for a major migration of prospectors seeking their fortunes in Southern Oregon.