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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
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This is an elevator (just like a normal elevator), except it is outside, not attached to anything... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Great piece of history.

The only municipally operated elevator around, free rides from the 'top of the hill' area to the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Oregon City, Oregon
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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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Considering that riding an elevator is pretty much an everyday occurrence for many of us, the drive to the "elevator" was not very appealing. But once you get there, see the photos, read the history and ride the elevator, it turns out to be worth...More

Thank 50StatesOrDieTrying
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Dusk is the perfect time to visit, the birds swirl and swirl down into one of the old warehouse chimneys it was as cool to watch.

Thank Karla H
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This is an elevator that takes you from one street level to a lower one (and vice versa). It is odd only in that it is part of the street. What is good about it is that on the upper level you are near a...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This free elevator trip takes you to the bluff overlooking Willamette Falls and Oregon City. You can see West Linn and also the old Blue Heron paper factory that is hopefully going to become an incredible residential area! Definitely worth the elevator trip to the...More

Thank thehighprincess
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Best place to overlook Oregon City and the Willamette river. Also, it's a really short walk to downtown Oregon City.

Thank Collor A
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

A neat attraction in Oregon City. Tons of history in this part of town and with this elevator. Worth the ride to the top to see the Willamette.

Thank BlakeI8193FI
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is like going back in time. The elevator driver is a hoot, the artwork is phenomenal and the view fantastic

1  Thank Lee B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Oregon City was established in 1829 by the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1844 it became the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. Many people don't know this but Oregon City has two "levels". The first level is located along the...More

Thank NorthwestParent
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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.