The City of La Grande is the economic, educational, recreational, and cultural hub for eastern Oregon, with a family oriented, small-town character. La Grande is the county seat of Union County and has a population of over 13,000. It has a vibrant business district, healthcare system and lots of parks and recreation. La Grande also includes a historic commercial district listed on the National Register of Historic Places
La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton. Interstate 84 is the main freeway past La Grande. It links La Grande with other nearby cities in the area (Pendleton, Baker City), as well as other regionally important cities, including Ontario and Umatilla, Boise, Idaho, and Spokane and the Tri-Cities area of Washington.La Grande is a crew change point on the Huntington and La Grande subdivisions of the Union Pacific Railroadand is also the junction of the Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad's 20-mile (32 km) short line to Elgin. You can also reach La Grande using the La Grande/Union County Airport.
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