Grand plan for Hot Lake
The following letter was read and presented to the Union City Council Monday night:
There is not a person in this room who remembers Hot Lake Sanitorium in its day of splendor, but most of us do remember it in better times.
There is probably not a person in this room, who, at one time or another, experiencing the pain of passing by that disintegrating historical site, has not had the thought pass quickly through their mind "I wish it would just burn," and then immediately felt guilty for the thought.
Now, thanks to the vision of David and Lee Manuel, daily commuters and weekly travelers are excited about the cleanup and activity going on at Hot Lake, and support the restoration and changes planned for the development of the new Hot Lake.
Speaking on behalf of the names listed on the attached sheets, representing 26 Union businesses, we encourage Union city government officials to work with the Union Commercial Club, the Union Museum and other interested citizens in promoting a positive attitude toward the development of Hot Lake, and to work together with the Manuels in promoting tourism in this area. The potential impact their businesses will have on Union County in general and the City of Union in particular could be and should be important to the economy of the region
Union County is a destination spot for vacationers, with day trips in every direction. We envision the potential for developing a historic, scenic and recreational bypass from Interstate 84, exit 265 to exit 285 Union to North Powder or vice versa. These 30 miles have a lot to offer: boating and fishing at Thief Valley, golfing at Buffalo Peak, visiting our outstanding Union County Museum, Hot Lake, to name just a few.
We invite the Union City Council to be proactive in providing leadership in tourism in the city of Union and recommend that you add a Tourism Committee to your council responsibilities, assigned to work with the community in promoting and exploring projects that would be beneficial to our area.
We feel it is important that good communication between bodies be established and that official representation be present and involved in everything that might help our area from wind mills to Hot Lake. It is time for us as a community to pull together, work together and to move forward.
The 26 city of Union businesses represented on the signature sheets reflect the interest, support and excitement of our community at large. Remembering the heyday of Hot Lake, we look forward to its return. Our grateful thanks to David and Lee Manuel.
Sidney Huffman, Irene Langford, Donna Patterson (and 26 businesses)
Editor's note: After this letter was written the authors discovered that there is a tourist route in place called the Grande Tour, and the Union council was urged to participate in the Union County Tourism group already in place.