Oregon Map

Northeast Highlands

Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties

Island City

Union County, 97850

Island City, established in 1874, has the dubious distinction of falling in the shadow of La Grande. Its commercial and industrial areas service the larger city and give it a bit of a black eye, although it does have some nice residential areas. The townsite was originally platted on an island between the Grande Ronde river and a slough giving it island status. Then the dumbos drained the slough and now no one can figue out how the name came about.