City of Victorian Heritage


Welcome to Union, Oregon.

Union has maintained its rural charm and friendly atmosphere. With a population of just over 2100 this town has clean air and fabulous water and is a highly desirable place to live, play, retire and visit. Open space, appealing Victorian style homes, buildings and tree-lined streets preserves its historic authenticity.

Union has many great amenities including Buffalo Peak Golf Course, Eastern Oregon Live Stockshow, Union County Museum, Union Historic Cemetery, Union Historic Hotel, Historic Carnegie Library, too many to list.

Union offers a unique character and quality of life. Strategically placed between La Grande
and North Powder on Highway 203 and 237, Union has much to offer. With the Federal
Highway (Interstate 84) 11 miles northwest of Union, access to and from the community is
efficient and diverse. Union has infrastructure to allow growth without disturbing the beauty
of the landscape.

In 1862, Conrad Miller planted apple and pear trees and began one of the first nurseries in the Grande Ronde Valley. Other settlers soon followed and a town was established in 1878. Victorian homes and charming brick buildings lined Main Street through what is now known as the town’s National Historic District. Traditionally a lumber and agriculture town, Union has broadened its interests to include serving visitors. A few more of Union’s amenities are; a health clinic, gift shops, pharmacy, Post Office, City Park with gazebo,  proximity to camping, hiking and hunting, Historic Hotel, Catherine Creek, community/school athletic facility with several fields geared to tournament size activities, and an amazing school district.

We encourage you to browse our site and if you have any questions please feel free to
contact City Hall.

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CITY SAYS GOODBYE

COUNCILOR SUSAN BRIGGS

The city’s loss is both profound and deep, felt within the community.  Ms. Briggs served her community with integrity and professionalism. Her dedication spread over 30 years of her life to the City of Union.

Serving as Union’s first female Mayor she had a take charge attitude and got briggs20160122_130819business done around city hall which left an impression on everyone. She held many council positions over the years.  She headed up the local Commercial Club which later changed to the Chamber of Commerce which she would serve as secretary and treasurer when needed. She was the one that lived up to the standards and followed through.  The loss of Ms. Briggs, both as an individual and as a public servant, is immeasurable as she is irreplaceable.

Her community efforts were always a vision towards moving Union forward to a better place for everyone. The Union Health Clinic and Athletic Complex are both examples of her dedication. Despite her gentleness, her soft spoken manner and her always respectful demeanor, she was a women of strength, even at the end.

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PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED

City Council Seeks Comment

Council takes citizen comment seriously. Public comment is taken during all regular meetings at the beginning and at the end. Council regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7 pm.  As a reminder Council also holds work sessions which public comment may be take during these meetings. For up to date information don’t forget to follow the city happenings on Facebook, “City of Union, Oregon”.

Also meeting notices are posted in the community calendar which is posted on this site, along with several locations around town to include city hall, post office, Union Market and the library. If you’d like to receive a meeting agenda by email please email Sandra at admin@cityofunion.com to be placed on the mailing list.


Local Wind Farm Project Still Active 2015

Antelope Ridge Wind Farm 

Antelope Ridge Wind Power Project LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Wind Energy LLC, is proposing to construct and operate the Antelope Ridge Wind Power project (Project). The Project would involve erecting up to 164 wind turbines, varying in height from 328-475 feet each, on 11,000 acres of land in Union County in the vicinity of the City of Union (City), with the potential to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The city had investigated the potential for the Project to impact the City’s costs of providing public services, and its property tax revenue. In general, we found that other communities near similar wind projects have so far experienced minimal impacts related to the projects. Still, the Project-related burden on the City’s voluntary and understaffed fire and emergency resources could be noticeable relative to its existing needs and responsibilities. Also, while data from other communities do not show that nearby wind projects have so far resulted in substantial reductions in property values, other evidence suggest that there is potential for the City’s property tax revenues to decrease due to the Project. This is formaiton is  summarize in a report by ECONORTHWEST, click here.

For ARWF most resent update, click here.

Letter from Antelope Wind Farm September 2013, click here.


STREET VACATE

FEBRUARY 2016

This is notice for the application to vacate a section of right of way on 5th Street by applicant Deborah Kennon of 1045 N 5th Street Street Union Oregon 97883.

The public hearing was scheduled for February 8, 2016 at 7 pm or shortly after. The property is located at 04s40e18cb tax lot 800.

You can testify in favor or against the application during the meeting February 8, 2016 at 7 pm or shortly after or provide written testimony by 5 pm February 8, 2016.  If you have any further questions please call Sandra at Union City Hall 541-562-5197 or email admin@cityofunion, 342 S. Main Street Union, Oregon 97883.

Union City Council Meeting

Posted by on Nov 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Title: Union City Council MeetingLocation: Union City HallDescription: City Council Work Session And City Council Regular MeetingStart Time: 6 pmDate: November 9, 2015

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City of Union Public Service Impact Study

Posted by on Dec 17th, 2011 in News | 0 comments

The new report entitled, Evaluation of Public Service Provisions Costs Impacts ofAntelope Ridge Wind Power Project on the City of Union, defines several public service concerns. The report demonstrates a likelihood of impact to the City of Union as a result of the proposed wind farm project. Report prepared by “ECONorthwest” was responsible to insure citizens of Union that any and all concerns would be address in the report regarding public service impacts. It is the city’s position to protect Union citizens and...

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Welcome to the historic City of Union, in beautiful Eastern Oregon

Posted by on Dec 16th, 2011 in Articles of Interest | 0 comments

  Union was platted on November 11, 1864 along the Oregon Trail.[3] The name references the Union states, or Northern States, of the American Civil War.[4] La Grande was named the county seat when Union County was created in 1865.[4] Due to the Thomas and Ruckle Road going through Union, it elected the county seat in 1872, but when the railroad was built it was put through La Grande instead of Union. La Grande became the bigger town within the county and regained the county seat in 1902.[4] J. W. Shelton, a local attorney,...

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