Elgin is located in Union County
, 20 miles northeast of La Grande
, between Wallowa
and La Grande on Hwy 82. This community sits on the banks of the Grande Ronde River
, surrounded by timbered mountains and grassy ridges of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
& Umatilla National Forest
. A plentiful economy has fed the community's lush ranching, farming, and timber industries (Boise Cascade mill) and provides a huge assortment of Outdoor Activities
, including: Skiing and snowmobiling in winter, and rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, and hunting in friendlier weather. Other area points of interest: Historical Indian Fish Trap site, Fremont Trail, Oregon Trail
, Looking Glass fish hatchery, Big Canyon fish hatchery, Elgin Riverfest, Stampeder's Crab feed and November Night Light Parade.
Elgin was established as a trading area in 1882, named for a ballad commemorating the wreck of the "Lady ELgin" in Lake Michigan.
There is also an Elgin, North Dakota.