Union City derived its name from its location at the “union” of two rivers, the Coldwater and the St. Joseph. The first settlement was in 1833, and the village of Union City was incorporated in 1866.
During the Civil War, Union City was designated as Station No. 2 of the famous Underground Railroad due to John D. Zimmerman. His house still resides today as part of the Michigan State Historic Sites.
In 1847 a local company produced the first iron in Michigan. When local ore proved too low grade for commercial development, the Union City Iron Company turned to the production of iron-tipped plows. The entrepreneurial spirit of these early businessmen established a tradition of aggressively seeking new businesses and industry that continues today in Union City.
The community is noted for its century-old maple trees and many fine older homes. The Union City Road connects with Battle Creek to the north, and major highways provide access to Detroit and Chicago. With its business area surrounded by farmland, woods, and lakes, Union City can claim the best of several worlds. The Union City Chamber of Commerce, the Development Corporation and Betterment Association are all active in promoting industrial growth.
Five modern schools serve Union City and the adjacent communities of Burlington and Sherwood. The high school has been accredited by the University of Michigan since 1892.
In the 1920’s, it was decided to construct a dam on the river to create an 800-acre lake and generate power for the city. The Union Lake Association promotes recreational use of the lake and has its own three-acre fish hatchery, ensuring that fish will always be plentiful. Other recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, and golf. Important local celebrations include Heritage day, the Carp Rodeo, and the annual home tour.
Union City – ensures that small town values are cherished and community pride runs deep, where elected officials and public servants serve the community with respect, dignity, honesty, and integrity. Where emergency services and public works are maintained at a high level, ensuring a safe and secure place to live and do business.