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Oregon City Municipal Elevator

I-205 to exit 10, Oregon City, OR 97045
503 656 1619
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Oregon City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Recommend you to take a tour to the top for the nice view. It is a free ride on limited hour daily. Bring your friends and family with you.

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phoenix, AZ
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The elevator took you from ground level up maybe 10 stories so that you had a panoramic view of the mountains, the Willamette Falls, and the now defunct paper mill. It also had a wonderful walking path after you got out of the elevator so that you could take a short, easy walk to get a better view of the... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

she is the lady that takes car of the elevator. and very nice and helpfull .for many things/and a good people person/ go visit and say high![peace]

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We first took the free summertime Oregon City trolley to the McLoughlin House stop. There we took the big set of steps down to the bottom of the elevator, took the elevator up, then took the stairs again just because it was such an enjoyable walk, with beautiful flowers and waterfalls. Then a block away at the bottom of the... More

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Bit like the Seattle Space Needle, so futuristic when built that it very dated now. Loved the old pictures, and the 3D effects. Lift operator was really friendly, told us about its history, and answered our questions. Just dont get things like this in Scotland. If you have 15 mins to kill in Oregon City its a must

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