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Grant County

The Fremont Powerhouse in the Blue Mountains. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Fremont Powerhouse in the Blue Mountains. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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County Seat: Courthouse, 201 S Humbolt St., Suite 290, Canyon City 97820
Phone: 541-575-1675 (General); 541-575-1438 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-575-2248


Population (2016): 7,410
Established: Oct. 14, 1864
Elev. at Canyon City: 3,194'
Area: 4,528 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 30.7° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $550,074,498
Real Market Value: $1,338,649,790
Annual Precipitation: 14.28"
Economy: Forest products, agriculture, hunting, livestock and recreation


Grant County map

Related resources
Historical Records Inventory
Scenic Image
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Yahoo! Maps)
County Map (from ODOT)


Incorporated cities
Canyon City | Dayville | Granite | John Day | Long Creek | Monument | Mt. Vernon | Prairie City | Seneca


Points of interest
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Veterans 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


History and general information
Grant County was created in 1864 from Wasco and Umatilla Counties and was named for General 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
County Court—Judge Scott Myers 2019, Boyd Britton 2019, Jim Hamsher 2021; Dist. Atty. Jim Carpenter 2019; Assess. David Thunell 2021; Clerk Brenda Percy 2019; Justice of the Peace Kathleen Stinnett 2019; Sheriff Glenn Palmer 2021; Surv. Mike Springer 2021; Treas. Julie Ellison 2021


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