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Union County Chamber of Commerce

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Specializing in aerial, commercial, and industrial photography
809 S 12th St
La Grande, OR 87850


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Specializing in aerial, commercial, and industrial photography, photo archiving and restoration, graphic and book design, museum display and wall decor, Jerry and Cathy Gildemeister take great pride in offering custom and timely services to clients in Northeast Oregon as well as across the nation.

They always welcome the opportunity to assist you with your plans, or in fulfilling your next project.

The Celtic Society of Eastern Oregon
P.O. Box 3236
La Grande, OR 97850


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The Celtic Society of Eastern Oregon

The Celtic Society of Eastern Oregon is already hard at work planning the 2015 Eastern Oregon Celtic Festival. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Festival, August 21st and 22nd!Click on 2015 Festival link on the left and enjoy a wonderful video of the 2013 Celtic festival made by the Folks at the La Grande Observer. Also Click on the Entertainment to see who's coming this year. We've also posted pictures of past festivals as well as other past events. If you are interested in being a part of our society, please contact us or go to the Membership page and print and mail in your Membership Form. We would love for you to join the Family!
History of Union County Oregon

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.

Excerpt from: Oregon State website