Towns Named Grant

There are at least 20 towns named Grant in the United States. Its hard to tell exactly how many towns there are with this name because of geographic oddities. The Grant in New York, for example, is just a hill in Oneida County in the central part of the state. It would be far easier to name the Grant Counties that exist. There are at least 11 of them in the United States. There are Grant Counties in Indiana and Washington, for example. Most of them are named for Ulysses S. Grant. He traveled widely, was a general in the Civil War, and was a controversial President of the US.

Most of the Grant towns that exist are very small. The Grant in Missouri, my home state, for example, is called Grant City and has a population of only 859 even though Grant lived in Missouri for a while. Grant’s Farm is still a big tourist attraction in my home state, and Grant also traveled to Washington State. There is a Grant House in Officer’s Row at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s biggest tourist attraction, that used to contain a popular restaurant. Grant City, for sure, was named for Ulysses, who was born in Ohio, not Missouri. The Grant in his home state is an unincorporated community east of Lima, is on my Ohio map, and this town was named for him too.

There are reportedly large town named Grant in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. One of them is certainly the largest town named after this illustrious man. The Grant in Minnesota is a suburb of St. Paul. There is a Grants in New Mexico that is fairly large, but it was said to be named for railroad people, not a former President. It is said to be a carrot capital.

Towns named Grant are common but confusing. There is a Grant in Inyo County, CA. The Grant in Florida has a Valkaria after it. The Grant in Michigan is north of Grand Rapids and was named for Ulysses S. The Grant in Iowa was named for Ulysses but only 86 people or so live there. There is a Grant Parish in Louisiana. After Grant retired he and his wife traveled the world with their children.

There are said to be Grants in such far away places as New Zealand, Slovenia, and Australia but I can’t imagine why.


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