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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
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Do take this elevator ride for the view and historic value! It's free too - it leads you up to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gresham, Oregon
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Always fun for the kids :)

We go here every few years to take a ride up and look around the viewing station at the top. There... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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The Oregon City Municipal Elevator has been in operation for over 100 years. The original elevator was constructed in 1915. It was powered by hydrolics and took about three minutes to reach the top of the bluff. In 1925 it was converted to electric power that was being generated by the water flowing from the Willamette river. The current elevator was completed in May of 1955. It was included on the National Register of Historic places in May of 2014. The elevator is owned by Oregon City and staffed by the Downtown Oregon City Association. Current hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.
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Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Do take this elevator ride for the view and historic value! It's free too - it leads you up to the promenade and park - spectacular view of the Falls from the park.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We go here every few years to take a ride up and look around the viewing station at the top. There is also a long ramp to the side and the top of the bluff has a nice walking path.

Thank imqz
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Last weekend we discovered Oregon City, the end of the Oregon Trail. Although we only had a short time (we were on our way to the Wooden Shoe Tulip festival, another annual must to see), we stopped and took the Municipal Elevator (at 6 Railroad...More

Thank margaretcov
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

There are scenic stairs that walkers can use to get up the hill from downtown Oregon City to mid-City up on the hill. But from time to time, it is such a joy to enjoy the ride, the view, and the ever friendly operators on...More

Thank TeamRealMcCoy
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Elevator is operated by an elevator operator. Excellent view of the city and "sky line." Nice short cut to downtown if you have trouble finding parking.

Thank dpdau1111
Reviewed 20 February 2017

It's not a wild ride; but, it's a cool one. A unique, city operated, staffed elevator that is one of only 4 municipal elevators in the country. It is also the only vertical street in America: Elevator Street. It has cool mid-century design and should...More

Thank WalterCr
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Elevator is a funky local icon with good views and short area history, nice walking trail on top (with Still House Pub at the end about 1/4 mi). Once on top there's an interesting river view of old industry and Willamette Falls.

Thank Janice T
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Centered in an important historical area. Views of the Willamette are great. The elevator is hydraulic and the toilets don't flush in the neighborhood while the elevator goes up. Just the houses in this neighborhood were the end of the Oregon Trail.

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Take your time and read about the history. This is really cool. Take the stairs back down. Walk the trail at the top. This never gets old.

Thank johngM6161PP
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We have taken the elevator yearly to see the beautiful view. The historical paintings are very interesting. We always enjoy walking the promenade at the top.

Thank Chauka
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Peter W
Who does the hiring of the elevator operators, and is there a position open?
12 July 2016|
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Response from Sandra C | Reviewed this property |
The city hires an outside company to handle the staffing of the elevator. Call Oregon City City Hall and they can direct you to the current company who has the elevator contract.