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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
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Best place to overlook Oregon City and the Willamette river. Also, it's a really short walk to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Collor A
via mobile
Not something you see everyday

A neat attraction in Oregon City. Tons of history in this part of town and with this elevator... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Oregon, USA
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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 5 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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

Thank Lee B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank pdxrules
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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 19 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

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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.