Northeast Oregon’s rich heritage lives on today in the surrounding farms and ranches and in the many retail businesses that date to the nineteenth century.
Union County has a rich history that begins with the seasonal presence of Native Americans, and continues through the passage of pioneers during the early days of the Historic Oregon Trail migration. People began settling in the area when gold was discovered in the Blue Mountains in 1862. Rich farm land that had previously been passed by in favor of the famous Willamette Valley to the west became more attractive with a nearby market for the products raised. Farmers and ranchers began providing food for the mining communities. Newly settled neighbors provided security and social interaction. Soon schools, churches and stores were established to serve the fledgling communities. Today, nearby cities include La Grande, Island City, Cove, North Powder, Elgin, Imbler, and Summerville in Union County. Haines and Baker City are located in neighboring Baker County.
The Union County Museum is located in Union, Oregon, a small community on the southeast edge of the Grande Ronde Valley in the northeast corner of the state. The museum is created and managed entirely by volunteers and governed by the Union County Museum Society, a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation. The purpose of the museum is to preserve and present the history of Union County, its communities and the surrounding area. Please become a member of the Museum Society and help us achieve our mission.
Click on this link for a short video about the town of Union, including the Union County Museum. Xplore Films