Grant Road—Origin of Name

"Some people have ascribed the naming of Grant Road to the famous Civil War General. Not so. It was named for a Canadian orphan befriended by a man named Grant. The young man moved to Tucson, married and tried to establish a large orchard north of town but failed. His wife became prominent in real estate and subdivided the area at the west end of the road, promptly naming the little lane for her husband's adoptive father."

The current area on Grant, from Country Club to Park was named North, west of Park the road was called Luna. At one time there was also another section of Grant road named Demoss Petire for the families that lived there. Now, west of Silverbell Road the Grant Road becomes Ironwood Hill Drive. 

Sources:

"Planners' sense of humor shows in road names." Arizona Daily Star. May 17, 1998. Page E1.

"Streetwise and Stravenued." Tucson Lifestyle. October 1985. Page 93.

Cross, Ruth Corbett. "What's in a Name, Tucson' Streets Reflect the Past." Advertising supplement to Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. Feb. 23, 1996. Pages 24-25.


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