Early hudson bay hunters and trappers, following the siskyou 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 name was selected to honor General Ulysses S. Grant‘s success at Vicksburg. 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.
Grants Pass is also the birth place of Dutch Bros. Coffee which began at the “coffee house” on the corner of D and 6th streets in downtown Grants Pass. Brothers Travis and Dane Boersma started the franchise in 1992 and it quickly spread throughout the region.
It is also the birthplace of OnlineAuction.com which began in the historic building located at 120 SW Jstreet. Founder and CEO Chris Fain resides in Grants Pass.