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Grant County History Books and Publications

The following are books written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Grant County history or communities in Grant County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ PDF ] version.
This listing is merely to inform people of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications. 
Chappel, Jill A. Granite Mining District: Historic Overview and Management Plan, Vol I. Eugene: Heritage Research Associates Report No. 184, 1995. Maps, illustrations, photographs, tables, appendices, bibliography. 216 pages.

This publication provides a historic overview and historic sites evaluation of the Granite Mining District, Grant County, Baker Ranger District, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, located in the Elkhorn Range of the Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon. The report offers a framework for interpretation and evaluation of the mining sites located in the study area. The document is partially redacted to meet the requirements of Oregon law (ORS192.501(11)). PDF [ 35.6 MB]  


Grant County. Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings. Canyon City: Grant
County, 1976. Photographs, Illustrations. 95 pages 
Collection of survey documents for individual properties in Grant County. Entries include address, physical description, and narrative history for each resource. Scan made from poor-quality photocopies. PDF  [6.8 MB]

Secord, Jeanne M. and John Moreau, ed. Yesterday in Grant County: A Collection of Stories with Historical Interest Concerning the Early Days in the County of Grant in the State of Oregon. N.p., 1973. Photographs. Not paginated.
A collection of reprints from the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper concerning various events, people, and places in Grant County during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Southworth, Jack, ed. Grant County: In the Beginning. N.p., n.d. Photographs, Bibliography. 20 pages.
Publication is a very brief history of Grant County, beginning with a history of the geology of the county, and through early twentieth century.  Material for the publication was collected from secondary sources.
Taylor, Terri, and Cathy Gilbert. Cultural Landscape Report: Cant Ranch Historic
District. No publishing location: Historical Landscape Architects, 1996.  
Description of the history, buildings and structures, and natural landscape at the James Cant Ranch Historic District, located in the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Document makes recommendations for the maintenance and future development of the ranch. PDF  [29 MB]
Willingham, William F.,  Starting Over: Community Building on the Eastern Oregon Frontier, Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press, 2005. Photographs, bibliography, index, maps. 228 pages
The scholarly book focuses on the Long Creek Valley and its settlement by whites from the 1870s through the 1920s. It particularly focuses on the author’s family and the development of community, including organizations and businesses.