“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grants Pass in Josephine County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

The Oregon Cavemen

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Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, November 30, 2019
1. The Oregon Cavemen Marker
The OREGON CAVEMEN, claiming to be direct descendants of the Neanderthal Man of ancient times, incorporated as a unit Oct, 1922 in a ceremony held secretly in the depths of the Oregon Caves...their claimed homeland and a national monument. The CAVEMEN is comprised of local businessmen who travel far and wide spreading goodwill and tourist information. They appear at openings of national and local interest alike. They appeared at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, a Broadway show and the Bay Area's Treasure Island Exposition...just to mention a few.

The CAVEMEN, dressed in animal skins, wearing horsehair wigs, buck teeth and "big horns" run rampant in parades and gatherings of the public, and usually have with them a rustic cage in which they imprison their victims and display them for the public to see. They are always on hand for a prank or a joke to be played on an important personality visiting in Grants Pass, or elsewhere, and are quick to spot and capture pretty girls who look like they could take a joke.

Their main purpose as an organization is to publicize Grants Pass and Josephine
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Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, November 30, 2019
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County. Their "rituals" include orientation of the members in the geographical and scenic features of the CAVEMAN DOMAIN and instruction in the Caveman "tactics" of greeting visitors, including presentation of an inscribed chamois.

The governing body of the CAVEMEN is kept within a small circle of officers, including...'Chief Bighorn,' 'Rising Buck,' 'Wingfeather,' & 'Keeper of the Wampum.' Also, they have a council of 'Eagle Eyes' serving as a board of directors.

The CAVEMEN make their own rules as they go along, always calculated for the most fun and the best gag at the moment. With each new trick and each visit to a new area, they spread the good word for Grants Pass & Josephine County, calling everyone to come and see the Rogue River Valley where people are enjoying life to the full extent.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
Location. 42° 27.718′ N, 123° 19.381′ W. Marker is in Grants Pass, Oregon, in Josephine County. Marker is at the intersection of NW Vine Street and NW Morgan Lane, on the right when traveling north on NW Vine Street. The wooden marker is on the left side of the
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caveman statue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1995 NW Vine Street, Grants Pass OR 97526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Brick Building in Grants Pass (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Perkinsville Ferry (approx. 2.2 miles away); Union Veterans of the Civil War (approx. 2.3 miles away); Josephine County Peace Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Memorial to Our Fathers (approx. 2.3 miles away); Riverside Park War Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Riverside Park Memorial Flagpole (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mormon Sugar Beet Factory Site (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grants Pass.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 23, 2023