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.




The following ordinances were adopted at Union City Council’s December 8, 2014 meeting. If you have further questions contact city hall 541-562-5197.

Ordinance 540 weeds and tall grass.

Ordinance 541 regulating solid and other waste.

Ordinance 543  City of Union code Chapter 92 regulating fire protection and regulation.

Ordinance 544 amending 50.013 of the City of Union code relating to exemptions for system development charges.

Ordinance 545 an ordinance amending City of Union code section 50.068 (F) (5) relating to minimum fees during periods of disconnection and providing for new provisions relating to water and sewer rates.

Ordinance 546 an ordinance repealing and replacing section 92.60, 92.61, 92.62 and 92.63 of the City of Union code relation to emergency services fee.



The Mayor and City Council serve as volunteers and are elected on a non-partisan basis. Under the council-manager form of government, the City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law and the City Administrator/Recorder handles the day-today management of the City organization. The Mayor is elected at-large (city-wide) for a two-year term and serves as the presiding officer at city council meetings and as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes. The six City Council Members are elected at-large from the city for staggered four-year terms. The City Council appoints a Council President who services in the absence of the Mayor. The City Council also appoints a professional City Administrator/Recorder, who serves as the Council’s chief advisor, and the City Administrator/Recorder also serves as the budget officer for the city.

Deadline to file for one of the two positions on the Council is January 8th at 5 pm.  Applications can be found here or pick one up at city hall.  Need more information call Sandra Patterson at City Hall 541-562-5197.

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.


The City of Union has 2 Planning Commission seats open. The Commission is an important part of city government.

The Planning Department works with citizens and community leaders to build a consensus on how the City should grow, both in the short and long term. This is accomplished through the coordination of a variety of land planning functions that range from creating a 20-year vision for the future of Union to reviewing all new development proposals to ensure they reflect this vision.

As members of the planning commission, have accept civic responsibility of helping residents and business and property owners articulate and achieve a vision for how they want their community to look and function in the future. The planning commission is the primary entity responsible for long term, comprehensive planning.

In your interested in one of the positions please contact city hall or for more information call Sandra Patterson at 541-562-5197.



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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