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Union County History Books and Publications
The following are books written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Union County history or communities in Baker County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ PDF ] version.
This listing is merely to inform you of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.
Barklow, Irene. From Trails to Rails: The Post Offices, Stage Stops, and Wagon Roads of Union County, Oregon. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1987. Maps, photographs, illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, index.
Includes a history of 58 post offices that were in Union County during late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Post offices are listed in alphabetical order and arranged by date of establishment.  Also includes information about early roads and stage lines of the county, a brief history of the United States postal system, and family histories of some postal employees.  Research includes consultation with primary and secondary sources.
Hug, Bernal D., Ed. History of Union County, Oregon. La Grande: Eastern Oregon Review, 1961. Photographs, map. 247 pages.
Publication is an early history of Union County from 1843 through 1920, with emphasis on Native Americans, the fur trade, early settlement, railroads, mines, agriculture, the lumber and milling industry, schools, communities, and recreation.  Information was compiled from oral histories of elderly residents and some secondary sources.
Karson, Jennifer, ed., Wiyaxayxt – As Days Go By – Wiyaakaaawn -- : Our History, Our Land, and Our People: The Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla. Pendleton: Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and Oregon Historical Society, 2006 . Photographs,  maps, notes, index. 263 pages.
Articles are written from a tribal perspective, they begin with ancient teachings and traditions, moving to the period of first contact with Euro-Americans, the Treaty Council, war and the reservation period, and then to 21st century tribal governance.
Rush, Edna Teter. The One Room School: Pioneer Life and Education in Northern Union County, Oregon, 1866-1945. Baker: Record-Courier Printers, 1981. Maps, Ppotographs, bibliography. 212 pages.
Publication was compiled from general secondary histories, oral histories, and archival primary sources about schools and school districts in northern Union County during the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.  Most of the histories of these schools focus around the Elgin and surrounding areas.
Scott, Ethel Halsey. Heritage of the Wallowas: Life As it Was . . . Baker: The Record-Courier, 1980. Photographs. 153 pages.
A history of the 20th century as remembered by the author.  Topics include everyday life, homesteading, schools, community events.
Union County. Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings: Union County. La Grande: Union County, 1976. Photographs, illustrations. 89 pagesPDF   [7 MB] 
Collection of survey documents for individual properties in Union County. Entries include address, physical description, and narrative history for each resource. Scan made from poor-quality photocopies.