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Grants Pass, elevation 935
feet, is located on the banks of the scenic Rogue River
in Southwestern Oregon. It is surrounded by the
foothills of the Cascade, Siskiyou and coast mountain
ranges, and is only 85 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Grants Pass is the county seat of Josephine County, the
headquarters for the Siskiyou National Forest and the
northern gateway to the Redwood Empire of California.
Crater Lake, a U.S. National Park, is 100 miles
northeast, and the Oregon Caves, a U.S. National
Monument, are 50 miles to the southwest. Numerous
outdoor recreational opportunities abound in whitewater
rafting, fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, etc.
City of Grants Pass 20,255
Josephine County 72,000 est.
Pass is known for its mild climate. Average annual
maximum temperature is 68.0, annual minimum 40.9.
Average annual precipitation is 29.5 inches. Snowfall is
minimal - 2.3 inches per year and in many years is
offers five public golf courses, one with a driving
range. Indoor miniature golf, two bowling alleys, one
outdoor and one YMCA indoor swimming pool with a weight
room, five tennis sites with nine courts, six
racquetball courts, 12 playgrounds, 14 gymnasiums, one
roller skating rink, a sportsman club with rifle range
open to the public, and many other activities are
The city is within two hours of
ocean beaches and mountain skiing; one hour to many high
lakes and streams for fishing, boating, etc., and within
minutes to river fishing, rafting/boating, camping,
hunting, biking, fairgrounds and parks. Amazing May; is
a month long eclectic mix of fun filled events such as
the Boatnik, American Indian Arts Festival, Hot Air
Balloon Rides, Art Shows, Growers Market and there is a
5-day county fair and pari-mutuel horse racing during
the summer; Boatnik Festival on Memorial day weekend,
the Muzzleloaders and Mountain Men Rendezvous during
late august, and the reenactment of the 1846 wagon train
adventure called Heritage Days are just a few of the
regularly scheduled annual events in this area.
Musical and cultural programs are
presented locally by the Rogue Music Theatre,
Barnstormers Little Theater Group and the Rogue Music
Theatre. The Grants Pass Museum of Art presents changing
art displays. There are also art displays featured in
the Wiseman Gallery at the Rogue Community College. The
city of Grants Pass is also represented by all major
civic groups. Grants Pass is 50 miles from the renowned
Oregon Shakespearean Theatre in Ashland which offers
year-around Shakespearean and contemporary performances
on two indoor stages and one outdoor Elizabethan stage.
The Peter Britt Summer Music Festival in Jacksonville is
45 miles away.
Rivers Hospitals are full-service, community owned
health care facilities. Three Rivers offers an array of
services not usually found outside of metropolitan
areas. Included in the hospital's services are a
homelike birthing center, the area's only maternity
service and American Medical Response, the hospital'
critical care ambulance. Medical specialties currently
represented on the medical staff of the hospital
include: allergy, dentistry, dermatology, emergency
medicine, family and general practice, home health,
infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurology,
obstetrics/gynecology, occupational health,
ophthalmology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic
surgery, osteopathy, otolaryngology, (ear, nose and
throat), pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology,
surgery (colon-rectal, general, thoracic, and vascular)
If you are new to our area, or
would like to be referred to a doctor, please call the
Physician Referral Service.
Churches And Schools
Schools: There are 10 elementary schools, a number of
private, parochial, independent, vocational and
pre-schools. Three middle schools, three high schools,
and Rogue River Community College are also available in
Grants Pass. Southern Oregon State College, a four year
institution, is located in Ashland.
Churches: More than 77 churches in Josephine County
represent a majority of denominations.
Rogue Transportation offers a city bus
route and taxi service. Greyhound has a terminal on
Agnes Ave as well as one at the Grants Pass Airport,
which has a small airstrip near Merlin . The City of
Grants Pass is within 30 minutes of a major air terminal
in Jackson County which serves both counties. An
industrial-business-recreational airport in Merlin is
five minutes from Grants Pass.
At least twenty-nine motels with approximately 1579
rooms and eleven Bed and Breakfast Inns within the city
limits serve a large seasonal tourist population.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
dairy products, beef, wheat, hay, timber and plywood,
sand gravel and sulfite deposits.
Grants Pass serves as the commercial and job center for
most of Josephine County and parts of adjoining
counties. The total labor force November, 1989, was
Taxes: There is a state
income tax, but no sales tax in Oregon. Oregon law
requires that all property, real and personal, be
assessed at 100% of the true cash value. The tax is
determined by multiplying the assessed value of the
property by the tax rate for the code area in which the
property is located.
Banks, Savings & Loan
Associations, Credit Union: The institutions total six
banks, five savings and loans, and one credit union,
with total assets in excess of $350 million.
Radio and Television: Five Grants Pass area radio
stations - KAJO, , KLDR, KAGI, KFMJ, KRWQ and KCNA AM &
Four Medford television stations, KTVL,
KOBI, KDRV, and public station, KSYS. Information in
this guide was gathered from numerous sources. To the
best of our knowledge it was accurate at the time of
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