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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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A Unique Ride

The elevator is a unique and interesting place to visit. The view of Willamette Falls and Oregon City is excellent from the top. The present elevator dates from 1955 replacing a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Oregon City, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Nice view of the falls from the top. There is always an elevator operator (probably to stop vandalism) and it's free. Might as well go for a ride!

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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This was originally built to move workers up to the bluffs from the factories on the Willamette River... It is officially a street. The couple minutes' ride is nice -- there is actually a real human elevator attendant -- and the stereoscopic images showing old and new Oregon City and Willamette Falls are really cool. We live across the river... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The elevator is a unique and interesting place to visit. The view of Willamette Falls and Oregon City is excellent from the top. The present elevator dates from 1955 replacing a earlier elevator. I remember the original elevator. It creaked and groaned as it went. Kind of spookey

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Oregon City, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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31 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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