Oregon State University
Experimental Agriculture Station
Asylum for Agriculture
In 1893, a group of progress-minded citizens asked the Legislature to put an asylum near Union. The state bought land, but asylum plans fell through. Within a few years, the town persuaded the State to use the land for Oregon's first Agricultural Research Station. As of 2005, the station is 104 years old, still going strong, and employing 17 Union residents. The town continues to search for economic opportunities.