Eagle Cap Excursion Train
Eagle Cap Excursion
(Photo courtesy of Eric Valentine).

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 theatre events. the Elgin Stampede, with four days of the PRCA rodeo action, solidifies this community’s reputation as part of the living West.

Eagle Cap Excursion Train now accessible in Elgin, winds through some of Oregon’s most scenic river canyons and dramatic landscapes.


Boise Cascade Elgin Mill Site

Contact information:

City of Elgin
Brock Eckstein- Recorder/ Administrator
180 N. 8th Avenue
PO Box 121
Elgin, OR 97827