Union History & Culture
Union County is located in the Northeast Corner of the Beautiful State of New Mexico Union County lies in the Northeast corner of the State of New Mexico with borders touching the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado and the New Mexico counties of Colfax, Harding, and Quay. Clayton is the Union County seat. The 2000 Census reports Union County as having 4,174 residents. There are four incorporated municipalities in the county, they are: Clayton with 2,524 residents, Des Moines has 177, Folsom has 75, and Grenville has 25. The county is defined as a “Rural Frontier” county by definition of having fewer than 2 persons per square mile.
The Union County CDC has launched an industrial development marketing project which focuses on its long standing economic strength, the livestock industry. Union County is ranch and feedlot country and projects, which are currently planned, include a quality beef packing plant and a Biomass ethanol/fertilizer facility.
The community is marketing itself as a location for other businesses, industries and entities, which are affiliated with or provides products or services to the Beef, Dairy, or Alternative Energy initiatives.