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FEATURED UNION OREGON ADVERTISER
|Providing Agricultural Solutions|
|64118 McDonald Ln |
La Grande, OR 87850
1-877-253-WEST (9378) Fax: 541-975-2464
|An independent used bookstore at the corner of Main & Center|
|306 South Main Street|
PO Box 872
Union, OR 97883
The city of Union, named after the north side of the Civil War, is situated inside Eastern Oregon's Grande Ronde Valley, the largest enclosed valley in the US. The Blue Mountains form the western edge of this great circle, and according to reliable sources they're called the Blue Mountains on account of their color. They look blue sometimes.
I almost called the bookstore Ellipsis.
The bookstore's located in an old brick building. Aaron Sommer built it in 1870, and went on to build a bunch of other brick buildings in La Grande and Summerville. The Levy Brothers General Store ran here for several decades, serving as a supply point on the Oregon Trail, and later for the gold mines and lumber operations that once thrived in the region. It was a Baptist church in the 70s into the 80s. Sometimes it served as a theater for film and live performance.The Books
All kinds of books on all kinds of subjects, from rare collectibles to trashy pulp fiction. We'll gradually list select inventory online here in the form of a rare book catalogue.
The population growth in eastern Oregon during the early 1860s prompted the Legislative Assembly to split Umatilla and Baker Counties from Wasco County on September 22, 1862. Further development of the Grande Ronde Valley led to calls for the legislature to split Union County from Baker County. This finally occurred on October 14, 1864. Union County's name reflects the support of the people in this area toward maintaining the United States during the Civil War.
Between 1875 and 1913, adjustments were made to Union County's borders with Baker, Umatilla, and Wallowa Counties. Union County, lying between the Blue and Wallowa Mountains, is bordered by Wallowa County on the east and north, Umatilla County on the west, and Grant and Baker Counties on the south.
The establishment of a county seat resulted in competition, based on geography and on economic and population growth, between La Grande and the city of Union. The county seat moved between Union and La Grande until it was permanently transferred to La Grande in 1905.
With each transfer of the county seat, there was a similar removal of the county courthouse. The first courthouses were rented structures in Union and La Grande. When the city of Union was designated as the county seat in 1874, the county's records were quickly moved to a new brick courthouse in the area where
Union High School now stands. La Grande regained the county seat in 1905 and moved into the courthouse that had been built the previous year as the city hall. The courthouse was razed in 1996 and offices for the county clerk, assessor, tax collector, and planning department were relocated to the nearby Chaplin Building.
The government of Union County consisted originally of a county judge, two county commissioners, clerk, sheriff, treasurer, assessor, school superintendent, and coroner. It changed from a county court to a board of commissioners in 1991.
The county historically has been a slow growth area. The first census of the county in 1870 showed only 2,552 inhabitants. It has grown steadily and by 2000 the population was 25,470, representing an increase of 3.80% since 2000.
The initial economic interest in the area was mining, but most of the mines were in the area annexed by Baker County in 1901. Over the years farming (wheat, fruit, vegetables, and grass seeds), cattle, sheep raising, and timber replaced mining as the primary economic forces in the county. Nearby mountains and streams provide hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping opportunities.