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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
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Worth the trip

Great view of downtown Oregon City from the top viewing area, Nice access to downtown OC... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oregon City, Oregon
Spectacular Views

We loved visiting this old mill town nestled on the Williamette River and taking this elevator to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John P
Fairfax, Virginia
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great view of downtown Oregon City from the top viewing area, Nice access to downtown OC. Interesting historical facts available in the viewing area.

Thank PepsiNext2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved visiting this old mill town nestled on the Williamette River and taking this elevator to the top of the cliffs where the old historic homes are located.

Thank John P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First trip in the 50's. Loved it then and I still love it. When it opened they had an operator on board. Used to operate the elevator wrapped in blankets from the cold. Now is run like any elevator. Another job lost to automation.

Thank auto5
Reviewed 6 December 2017

When I was a boy many years ago I couldn't wait till we went to town and ride up and down the elevator while my mom was buying groceries downtown. This was the highlight of my week. I later found out the elevator was built...More

Thank seadogrme
Reviewed 4 December 2017

This elevator gives Oregon City something unique to brag about, and it's definitely work a few minutes to stop in and see it. But it's really odd. It overlooks the town below and contains panels that flip from old to new as you walk past....More

Thank MouseDance
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful view of Willamette river falls in an elevator with an operator. It has history and only one like it east of Missippi

Thank gksoc
Reviewed 8 November 2017

It is a throwback to ride an elevator with a live operator, in this case a volunteer. The elevator takes you from the lower town along the river, to the upper town, where you can walk along the cliff walk to see the falls. It's...More

Thank PaulfromVA2015
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Great view don't miss this. Lots of interesting to see in Oregon City, the true end of the Oregon Trail.

Thank Donna N
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is an elevator (just like a normal elevator), except it is outside, not attached to anything else, and goes up and down a cliff. Views of the city, the best that can be had in the area, are available at the top, but they...More

Thank drrkbrnng
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The only municipally operated elevator around, free rides from the 'top of the hill' area to the downtown. Hint, park at the top of the hill, where parking is free.

Thank jerryy1968
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Peter W
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.