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Grants Pass Caveman

NW Sixth Street and Morgan Street, near interstate 5, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526 USA

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“At the Grants Pass post office”

Early Hudson's Bay Company hunters and trappers, following the Siskiyou Trail, passed through the site beginning in the 1820s. In the late 1840s, settlers (mostly American) following the Applegate Trail began traveling through the area on their way to the Willamette Valley. The city states that the name was selected to honor General Ulysses S. Grant's success at Vicksburg, however no evidence has been offered to support this claim. Grants Pass post office was established on March 22, 1865. The city of Grants Pass was incorporated in 1887, a year after it had become the county seat. The Oregon-Utah Sugar Company, financed by Charles W. Nibley was created, leading to a sugar beet factory being built in Grants Pass in 1916.  Before the factory opened, Oregon-Utah Sugar was merged into the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. Due to labor shortages and low acreage planted in sugar beets, the processing machinery was moved to Toppenish, Washington in 1918 or 1919. In 1922, a group of local businessmen incorporated the Grants Pass Cavemen. Taking their name from the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument, this group was one of many groups of boosterism common in the United States at the time. For decades afterwards, this group would represent their city in countless public gatherings, dressed in furs and bearing clubs, performing such uncivilized acts as capturing female crowd members and politicians and putting them in their cages. To honor this group, in 1971 a fiberglass statue of a caveman was erected at the corner of Morgan Lane and Sixth Street. Grants Pass High School's mascot is also the caveman. The original monument was damaged by arson in 2004 and repaired in 2005.

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Reviewed by
Mopar Miles

  • 41 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 24, 2017
Rated 3.0

GPS to this lead us astray. Found the Caveman just off the northern most exit like the previous review from Kimberly JoKregerZoller. It is at the Chamber of Commerce. A good photo op!

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Julia

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July 05, 2017

1981 NW Vine St
Grants Pass, Oregon

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March 10, 2015

We found a caveman statue right off the freeway on the right. Maybe it is not the same one but looks like it. GPS and this address tried to send us further down the street. Nice little stop to stretch your legs and see a statue of a caveman.

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Grants Pass Caveman

NW Sixth Street and Morgan Street
near interstate 5
Grants Pass, Oregon
97526 USA

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