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.




Few things are as rewarding as protecting the lives and property of our friends, neighbors, and even your family. If that statement rings true for you we can offer you a way to do just that.1111FullSizeRender

What are the ongoing minimum requirements?

  • Maintain valid CPR certification
  • Attend monthly business meeting and training
  • Complete 72 hours of training annually

Beyond this some members contribute substantially more time and resources to the department depending on other obligations, special skills and interest.  Nearly all of our volunteers have full-time jobs in addition to their commitment to the department.

What if I don’t live in the City of Union. Can I still join?

Yes, you can still join.  The City of Union and Union Rural Fire Department work jointly together to provide great service to both city and rural residents.

To get information on joining the department call city hall 541-562-5197 or Fire Chief Keith Montgomery at 541-910-6002.  You can also complete the following application to get started with the process, click here.  You may wish to attend a business meeting of the department the first Monday of the month at the fire hall starting at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.



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”.

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 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.


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

Posted by on December 16, 2011 11:52 am 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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