Grant County Company History Timeline

1861
Following the Civil War 1861 65 the Outlet became a rancher's paradise.
1864
Grant County was established on October 14, 1864, from parts of old Wasco and old Umatilla counties.
In 1864, when the county was organized, Canyon City is said to have boasted the largest population of any community in Oregon.
1879
Beginning in 1879 settlers called boomers clamored for the opening of the area to settlement.
1883
The original and much larger Douglas County had been created in 1883 when the Washington Territorial Legislature formed Lincoln and Spokane counties from a larger Spokane County, then separated the new Lincoln County into Lincoln and Douglas Counties only a few days later.
1889
In 1889, more than half of the southern part of the original Grant County was taken to form Harney County.
1893
Although their efforts were thwarted, the publicity that was generated brought the situation to national attention, and the Cherokee Outlet was opened to non-Indian settlers on September 16, 1893.
Frank Franz moved from Kansas to Medford in 1893, and United States Rep.
1898
Attempts to formally irrigate Grant County began as early as 1898, although most efforts were relatively modest.
1899
Also in 1899, a small part of northwestern Grant County was taken along with parts of Crook and Gilliam counties to form Wheeler County.
1907
At 1907 statehood the principal crops included wheat, corn, oats, alfalfa, and forage sorghum, with estimated value of 3.5 million.
1909
Once the Washington state Legislature formally created Grant County on February 24, 1909, the newly created county government located in the city of Ephrata began efforts to attract new citizens.
Established in February of 1909, Grant County is named after President Ulysses S. Grant.
1914
In 1914, for example, Washington voters were asked to consider a 44 million bond issue that would have created a water pumping system for 435,000 acres in an around Quincy.
1917
In the spring of 1917 this group was discussing how local farmers could better aid America s soldiers in World War I, when it was suggested that a dam might be constructed on the Columbia River at Grand Coulee, formed some 15,000 years before during the last ice age.
1920
Despite a 1920 legislative study that recommended the gravity plan over the Grand Coulee plan, the Ephrata group and its supporters pushed on and eventually waged the more successful public and political campaign.
1921
On April 24, 1921, the Swaggart Number One, the first oil well in Grant County, was drilled near Deer Creek.
1930
At the turn of the twenty-first century the county reported seven manufacturers compared to twenty reported in 1930.
1933
In 1933, the United States Congress authorized the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project.
1937
Perhaps the most interesting phase of history is that of one s locality. from A Century of Development Grant County, Richard Simons, editor, 1937.
1939
All stops were pulled out to secure passage of the irrigation district measure on February 18, 1939, including a special train provided by the Great Northern Railroad that brought in more than 300 outside landowners.
1941
Meanwhile, the Grand Coulee Dam project was gradually expanded and moved toward completion, with its first generator going on line in October 1941.
1943
The irrigation portion of the project was formally approved in 1943, and digging began soon after.
1948
When the first irrigated water from the project was delivered to Pasco in 1948, it ushered in a new era of Grant County history that C. A. Hawley dubbed the era of reclamation and recovery.
1950
By 1950, the Columbia Basin Project was the nation's largest single reclamation project.
1951
The positive effects of the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project were felt as early as 1951, when The Wenatchee Daily World announced that the sugar beet yield in and around Moses Lake -- approximately 25 tons per acre was twice the national average.
1952
1 W. Gale Matthews, Beginnings of the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, 1952 typescript, Grant County Historical Society, Ephrata, Washington A Brief Geological Description of the Columbia Basin Project, ca.
1966
The area s other economic gem has turned out to be airport at Moses Lake -- the former Larson Air Force Base, which was transformed for civilian use in 1966.
1975
In fact, according to a February 1975 newsletter published by Seattle First National Bank, about 90 percent of Grant County s entire manufacturing workforce was employed in local food processing plants.
1980
The facility serves as a flight-training center for Japan Air Lines and both domestic and other foreign airlines use the field for training pilots and flight crews. As a result of the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helen's, Grant County experienced an awesome geological phenomenon in the form of ash.
2010
In 2010 they continued as incorporated towns.
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1831
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