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Grant, Idaho

Grant is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Idaho, United States.

Grant, Idaho
Unincorporated community
E 100 N or "Farm to Market Road" in Grant, Idaho
E 100 N or "Farm to Market Road" in Grant, Idaho
Grant, Idaho is located in Idaho
Grant, Idaho
Grant, Idaho
Grant, Idaho is located in the US
Grant, Idaho
Grant, Idaho
Coordinates: 43°38′28″N 112°0′47″W / 43.64111°N 112.01306°W / 43.64111; -112.01306Coordinates: 43°38′28″N 112°0′47″W / 43.64111°N 112.01306°W / 43.64111; -112.01306
Country United States
State Idaho
County Jefferson
Elevation 4,790 ft (1,460 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83442
Area code(s) 208
GNIS feature ID 372901[1]
Entering Grant, Idaho on Lewisville Highway, northbound

LocationEdit

Grant is a rural community close to the Snake River. It is 5.3 miles (8.5 km) west-southwest of Rigby.[2] and 12.1 miles (19.5 km) north of Idaho Falls.

HistoryEdit

Grant was known historically as Poverty Flat.[3] The land was predominantly sagebrush, with wildlife trails bringing the first pioneers to the area in the late 1870s and early 1880s.[4] The first settlers were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), second generation to those who had arrived in the Salt Lake valley in the mid 1800s. Alfred Kossuth DaBell and James Ottowell Webster established the first homesteads in Poverty Flat in 1888. They spent that initial winter with family members in the nearby town of Lewisville, then began to build their farms in the spring of 1889.[4] The first permanent settler in Poverty Flat was Jeppe Peter Hansen, originally from Denmark, who arrived just before the DaBells and the Websters returned from Lewisville.[4]

Between 1891 and 1892, the community constructed a small building to be used as both church and school and the Grant School District was organized. The Grant Ward of the LDS Church was also established that year, named after Heber J. Grant, the 7th President of the LDS Church. The first postmaster, Frederick C. Hanson, was appointed on March 3, 1893.[4] The post office was connected to the "Grant Store," which remained in continuous operation for over 100 years until the late 1990s. In 1900, the Grant Ward was composed of 77 families and 389 individuals.[4]

The community grew significantly through the early twentieth century, resulting in the construction of several new buildings and a baseball diamond. The "Grant Hall," built in 1900, became a social center for the area, with people coming from all over the Snake River valley to attend weekly dances.[4] On July 4, 1920, a group of local cowboys and farmers held a rodeo on the baseball diamond. This became an annual event that eventually moved to Rigby, Idaho, where it is still held every year on Flag Day and is known as the Jefferson County Stampede.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Grant, Idaho
  2. ^ "Populated Place Profile, ID Home Town Locator". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "GNIS Detail Page for Grant, ID". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Picture History of Jefferson County, Jefferson County Historical Museum, Rigby, ID. Visited May 8, 2015