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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

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Address: I-205 to exit 10, Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone Number: 503 656 1619

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Part of Oregon City history.

The elevator is fun but doesn't have much practical use, as far as I can tell. It is a great piece of Oregon history. It would be better if it wasn't a favorite place of homeless... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Oregon City, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The elevator is fun but doesn't have much practical use, as far as I can tell. It is a great piece of Oregon history. It would be better if it wasn't a favorite place of homeless folks.

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Canandaigua
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Why take an elevator when there's a beautiful staircase next door that winds it's way down? The best part is not the staircase, it's the staggered, vertical plume adjacent to it that sends a small creek on it's way to the river. It's a much more worthwhile experience. To take the 'creek' stairs, continue walking downstream just a short ways... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a must see in Oregon City! It is (in my opinion) the city's coolest landmark. If you can find the elevator (not hard), you can pretty much find your way around Oregon City.

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Vancouver, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Elevator takes you to the upper level of the city, to history sites, and the McLoughlin house. Grandchildren enjoyed it. We parked by McLoughlin house, took the elevator down to Christmas at the Zoo, and lunch.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Was running late, getting back to the parking meter. Then I remembered I could use the elevator to descend to the downtown level. I got back in time to avoid a ticket. Yeah! I love that it has a person inside handing the ride as I had been reluctant to ride in there alone.

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Oregon
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This so-called "vertical street" is really just an elevator, but it's worth a visit just to see the historic photos of downtown in the areas around the upper entrance. And hey, it's free! The immediate area around the lower entrance is a bit gritty, and when we exited, we saw a couple of "local characters," one of whom was pushing... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Funny to review an elevator, but this one has to be visited! Oregon City is a city of interesting history and many "firsts" so for that alone you should visit! BUT....this elevator is the only municipal elevator in the United States! How's that for interesting and random!? The main part of the city had started on the lower level near... More 

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West Linn, Oregon
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79 reviews 79 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We love the experience of traveling in the Oregon City elevator and so does our dog! The elevator operator is always so pleasant and has kind words for our corgi. It affords lovely views from the top and the remodel features neat hologram photos and a really cool night-lit photo projection on the elevator column. Oregon City is blossoming these... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Oregon City exists on two levels. The commercial area along the river and, up the very steep hillside, the residential area. Historically stairs "linked" the two. The elevator is an intriguing oddity. Worth checking out if you're in Oregon City but not worth a trip in itself.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our town is on hills. The city elevator is what we take from the top to the bottom of our town. It's neat, because it's different.

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