The City of Union Missouri is located in Franklin County, about one hour west of Downtown St Louis via Interstate 44 and Highway 50. Important roads for the community are Oak Street, Independence Drive, Highways 50 and 47, Main Street, Washington Avenue, Church Street, Park Road, State Street and many others. The population of Union was 10,204 residents in 2010.
Union was established in 1825 to be the County Seat for Franklin County. It was officially incorporated in 1851. Land for the original city was donated by three farmers and the first courthouse was a log structure. Americans from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virgina and the Carolinas, as well as immigrants from Germany first came to settle the area. The many rivers and streams such as the Missouri, the Meramec, the Bourbeuse and the St. Johns and Boeuf Creeks drew trappers and traders. Those then created a need for businesses to be establish to meet those first settlers needs and the city of Union was well on its way.
The residents of Union are served by the public Union R-XI School District. The district has one early childhood center, three elementary schools, one middle school and Union High School. One private school, Immaculate Conception School, is also in Union and serves residents wanting a Catholic faith based education for their students Preschool through 8th grade. Higher education is also represented with East Central College, a two-year college, being located in Union.
Union Parks, Recreation and Golf
The City of Union has many amenities, recreation opportunities and events for its residents to enjoy. The City maintains four city parks with a total of 122 acres of parkland. The amenities these parks offer the Union residents are picnic pavilions and shelters, athletic fields for softball, baseball and soccer, courts for tennis and basketball, fishing at the City Lake and the Slash-N-Swimplex Swimming Pool. The Bourbeuse River is a promenient feature of the area, running east and south of Union. Floaters enjoy the river, as well as sport fishermen. The Bourbeuse, a French word meaning "muddy", provides anglers a wide variety of fish such as several types of bass, bluegill, catfish, walleye, sunfish, crappie and others. The Birch Creek Golf Club, a public 18-hole golf course, is available for the golf enthusiasts in Union.
Union Annual Events and Farmer's Market
In the warmer months of the year, a Farmers' Market is located in the City Hall parking lot. The Market is open every Saturday, April through October and every Wednesdays starting in June. Local vendors bring fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, greens, potatoes and much more to the market to sell, as well as flowers and plants in the Spring and jams, jellies, herbs and baked goods throughout the Market's season. Some of the annual events the City of Union hosts are the Halloween Bash, the Kid's Christmas Parade and Party and Founder's Day Festival. Founder's Day is the City's celebration of its founding and takes place on the court house square on the first Saturday in June. The Festival features arts and crafts booths, music and entertainment, food, games, 10k and 5k runs, a washers tournament and much more.
Union Missouri City Hall
500 E. Locust Street
Union, MO 63084
Police (non-emergency): 636-583-3700
Fire (non-emergency): 636-583-2515
Parks and Recreation: 636-583-8471
Chamber of Commerce: 636-583-8979
Scenic Regional Library: 636-583-3224
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