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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 #4 of 17 Attractions in Oregon City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Canandaigua
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

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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Castro Valley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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
10 helpful votes 10 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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93 reviews 93 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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