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In 1869, Governor Powell Clayton signed a bill into law creating the county, named after then president Ulysses S. Grant. The county seat was named after General Phillip Sheridan, another Union hero. Today, Grant County visitors know they are in timber county by the vast areas of pine trees that surround the streams and forests that provide great fishing and hunting for the sports enthusiast. Major events include the Grant County Fair & Rodeo, held annu- ally in September, and Timberfest, the hearty timberland festival where the finest talents in the area are showcased. The event occurs on the first weekend of October every year. SCENIC ATTRACTIONS At Jenkins Ferry State Park, the Confederate attack on General Steeleā€™s Union forces is reinacted at this spot on the Saline River. The park has outdoor exhibits, picnic sites, trails and a boat launch ramp. The unspoiled Saline River offers picnicking, float- ing, fishing and swimming. Located in the west part of the county, Cox Creek Lake is a favorite spot for local and vis- iting anglers to score great catches of crappie, bluegill, bass and catfish. 55 

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