Sunny Valley is located 14 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon.
This beautiful little community is straight out of a story book.
Surrounded by mountains, the sun always shines on the meadows
and creeks, thus the name Sunny Valley. On one side of the
Freeway is Placer Road and the other side is Leland Road, the
two main areas of Sunny Valley.
The "Grave Creek Covered Bridge", pictured on right, is one of the few covered bridges that remain in southern Oregon. From Vancouver B.C. to the Mexican border, it is the only one visible from the I-5 freeway. Be sure to visit the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center while in Sunny Valley. It provides a first hand look into the local area, history, fabulous displays, theatre & more.
In the fall of 1846, the first emigrant train from Fort Hall, Idaho, to travel the southern route to the Willamette Valley camped on the north side of this creek, then Woodpile Creek. Martha Leland Crowley, 16 years old died of typhoid fever during this encampment and was buried 150 feet north of the creek on the east side or a white oak tree that was later removed for the present roadway, thus the name "Grave Creek".
When James H. Twogood laid out his land claim in the fall of 1851 and filed it on May 1st 1852, he named it the Grave Creek Ranch in memory of that unfortunate incident.