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The Old Logan Road that ran south from Brisbane via Cowper’s Plains (today’s Coopers Plains) bisected what is today called Park Ridge South as it made its way to the bridge at Maclean. The Maclean Bridge was the first one built over the Logan River.
Like Park Ridge, timber getting was the main industry in Park Ridge South in the late 19th century. Over time, orchards and poultry farms emerged. However dense bushland continued to predominate. South of Granger Road is Jerry’s Downfall, which was once a major hazard to travellers on their way to and from Brisbane. The area was boggy and impassable during wet weather, and locals sometimes got stuck for hours as they tried to navigate their way through or around the swampy ground. The name originates from a story about a man named Jerry, a wagon driver who lost bales of cotton in the water.
Park Ridge South was first named and its boundaries were defined on 13 April 1991. The suburb was re-gazetted by the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy on 12 June 2009 under the Local Government Reform Implementation Act 2007 when it was transferred from Beaudesert Shire into the City of Logan.