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Elgin, the county's northernmost city, is tucked against the Blue Mountains. Located on the banks of the Grande Ronde River, the community is surrounded by rugged mountains and tall fir trees.

Elgin began as a trading area in 1882. Since its charter, the community has depended primarily on logging, agriculture, and cattle ranching as economic mainstays. Elgin is home to two Boise Cascade facilities, a stud mill and plywood plant, creating hundreds of family-wage jobs, a business park, and several cottage businesses.

Elgin is Union County's gateway to nearby recreational activities-hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting. The town is home to the Elgin Opera House, a beautiful facility built in 1911 that now features movies, concerts, lectures, and theater events. The Elgin Museum is located in the Opera House.

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