While barrels, guns, tile, pottery, brick, and carriages were some of Union's earliest products, the city is best known as the first place the turbine wheel was made and tested.
Just 20 minutes northwest of downtown in rural Montgomery County, the 6,400 residents of the city of Union's four square miles are just trying to keep pace with their developing community. Named Union in 1816 by local miller Daniel Razor, the city has come a long way since the days of log cabins when Main Street was a dusty road. Union is exploding in new housing developments with large wooded lots and exciting homes at middle and upper price ranges. Homes are beautiful examples of today's architectural brilliance, gathered together in warm, friendly communities. Residents insist on plenty of greenspace to keep the rural charm so many have moved to this area to find. A sense of history still lives on in some of Union's older buildings along Main Street.
Union is minutes from I-70 and within a ten-minute drive of I-75. St. Rt. 48 provides a quick artery through town. Dayton International Airport is less than five minutes away.
Good Samaritan Hospital and Samaritan North Health Center in nearby Englewood provide accessible health care services. The Northmont Medical Center is available 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.
Local merchants provide general merchandise and services conveniently located for residents.
The Dayton-Covington-Piqua Toll Road, which ran through the heart of Union, was constructed in the mid-1800s and served as a primary route through western Ohio for many years. In honor of that much-traveled road, Union is now the home of the Toll Road Festival held every September. The Martindale Road Park boasts a major playground structure, and basketball and tennis courts. Along the Stillwater River on Old Springfield Road and on Martindale Road are fishing areas offered through Montgomery County's MetroParks. A 25-acre community park includes softball diamonds, and several smaller neighborhood parks. The city pool offers summertime fun.