Granger is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,246 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 15 interesting and fascinating facts about Granger, Washington, United States.
1. Although it was classified as a town in 2000, it has since been reclassified as a city.
2. Granger was founded in 1902 and named after Walter Granger, superintendent of the Washington Irrigation Company who also laid out the cities of Zillah and Sunnyside.
3. Granger was officially incorporated on September 28, 1909.
4. In the 1910s and 20’s, the town had several large industries including a tile and brick company and a cider mill.
5. The Granger Farm Workers Camp, which opened in May, 1941 two miles north of the city, became known as the Crewport, Washington Farm Labor Camp.
6. It was built by the Farm Security Administration to house Dust Bowl refugees, initially White, and later Mexican Americans, who were brought in to work in the Yakima Valley as a result of World War II labor shortages. The camp closed in the late 1960s.
7. The Latin radio station “Radio Cadena” or “Radio KDNA” building is in the town of Granger, and was first built in 1979.
8. It was an activist radio station that educated farm workers, advocated farm workers’ organizations, and provided Spanish language programs to non-English speaking families.
9. In 2008, a new station building was built.
10. Granger is located at 46°20′40″N 120°11′29″W (46.344319, -120.191290).
11. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.80 square miles (4.66 km2), of which, 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
12. There are 32 life-size dinosaur models on display around the town of Granger. They are made from a skeleton of steel rods and chicken wire which is then packed with a cement mix. The idea of using a dinosaur exhibit to attract tourists was first mooted in 1993 and the first dinosaur was produced in 1994.
13. Fred Oldfield, a cowboy and noted artist, is originally from Alfalfa, a subdivision of Granger.
14. As of the census of 2010, there were 3,246 people, 774 households, and 675 families living in the city. The population density was 1,813.4 inhabitants per square mile (700.2/km2). There were 813 housing units at an average density of 454.2 per square mile (175.4/km2).
15. The racial makeup of the city was 48.6% White, 0.4% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 46.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 88.2% of the population.