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.



Wastewater Treatment Facility – Required Upgrades
Currently the City is facing the need to make major improvements to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and disposal system in order to comply with future, more stringent, Catherine Creek water quality standards.  In an effort to educate the public of the changes a second of two town hall meetings will be held October 21st at 1 pm Union City Hall.  For additional information please see the October Newsletter and read this attached file (fell free to pick up a copy at city hall).  If you have additional questions after attending one of the town hall meetings and after reviewing the materiel please make an appointment to meet with Public Works Director Rod McKee -541-562-5197.



Deadline October 15, 2015 at 5 pm

Less than part time person wanted to fill the City of Union’s code enforcement officer position. Approximately 12-15 hours a week.   The essence of the position is communication skills and the ability to establish relationships with citizens.  Must have a genuine customer friendly attitude. Incumbents may perform some of the following duties: conduct field investigations, respond to citizen complaints, maintain accurate documentation, take photographs, drive city vehicle, determine proper method to resolve violation, skilled at dealing with difficult people, prepare evidence, work in and around hazardous environments, work along, work indoors and outdoors, write citations, go before a judge, good writing skills, Word Processing skills.

For more details click here for the job description X.  Job application can be picked up at city hall 342 S. Main Street Union, Oregon 97883. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015 at 5 pm.


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.


Union City Council would like to invite you  the October City Council meeting 12th of October at 7 pm City Hall 342 S. Main Street. The Council will be taking public comment on the following proposed ordinances. Union City Council will have its first reading.  If you’d like a copy of these codes please click on the Ordinance number.



An Ordinance Regulating Loud and Raucous Noise




An Ordinance Regulating Solid and Other Waste and Odor


You are invited to attend the following ordinance reading. Union City Council will hold the first reading of Ordinance 550 on the 12th of October 2015 at 7 pm or shortly after. The meeting will be held in the Leonard Almquist Council Chamber located at 342 S. Main Union, Oregon.

AN ORDINANCE VACATING TWELFTH STREET IN WEST CATHERINE MEADOWS SUBDIVISION CITY OF UNION, OREGON. This ordinance will vacate North Twelfth Street approximately 450 feet long by 40 feet wide, 18,000 sq ft, North of West Birch, between North Eleventh and Thirteenth Streets, application by Michael and Laura Haefer.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact City Administrator/Recorder/Planner Sandra Patterson at City Hall 541-562-5197, or fax 541-562-5196 or email  When the Ordinance is finished being drafted it will be posted to the city website. If you have a disability requiring any special materials, services or assistance, please contact City Hall at least 48 hours before the meeting.  Thanks you.




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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