Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Oregon City Municipal Elevator
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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tleeEvans
Houston, TX918 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The day we went the elevator was not working was it had been vandalized the night before. You are still able to walk up to the observation area and see the exhibits. Nice view of the city, The volunteer in the exhibit was very knowledgeable about the history of elevator and the city. Not sure if we would go back to ride the elevator, as it seems like a typical enclosed elevator, it is not one that is outside and you see the area as it goes up, so not much to see durning the ride up, Also not a very long ride either, maybe two or three stories.
Written April 11, 2024
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jessicarS5949SM
Oregon City, OR19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Walked Promenade. Beautiful Willamette Falls View and downtown Oregon City Views. Fun history information posted in elevator. Elevator has an attendant that can offer ideas for points of interest.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,936 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Personally, I was disappointed. I was expecting something more historic, perhaps with glass doors. This is basically a fairly modern, regular elevator with a few history panels at the top and bottom.

Oregon City Centre at the ground level is a nice small town with some good restaurants. The Upper level is mainly residential with good views over the town and down the river over the dam and bridge.

Personally, I didn't find the view very appealing as it is largely a derelict industrial area. Could be great with a lot of investment and renovation,with the ability to be able to view the Willamette Falls, which have been inaccessible for over 150 years.
Written July 15, 2022
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Eilir7733
Sisters, OR3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a cool place to visit. Lots of history here. Also you can park either at the top or the bottom, and explore the historic upper part or the historic downtown part at the bottom. It doesn't cost money. Definitely look up the pictures and history online before you visit!
Written January 5, 2021
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iamhere555
united states125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This elevator is a fun roadside attraction; a good stop along the way but not a destination in itself. As you cross the bridge coming into town, you will be face to face with the elevator. Parking is available along the street (paid but free on weekends) and wasn't too crowded on a summer Saturday afternoon.

The ride is free and quick. There is an attendant who will push the buttons to take you up and down. The elevator is small but bikes are allowed up and down. When we were there, it was all tourists going up and down. Maybe during the week the residents use it.

There is a viewing platform at the top with a guide to landmarks like Mt. St. Helens, etc. There is a nice photo op inside the viewing tower--a mural on the inside that says "Oregon City".

There is a nice, fairly short path that goes to a viewpoint of the Willamette Falls. Several people were biking the path. The upper houses are beautiful and peaceful. Looking down to the river, though, is full of dilapidated industrial history with broken windows and disintegrating roofs. It's not particularly attractive. The view of the falls is underwhelming--a lot of abandoned industrial buildings, metal, and construction.

The elevator is worth it, especially since it's free! It's a fun diversion during a road trip; and you can say you've been on the only vertical street in the US!
Written July 7, 2019
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Mindy C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is officially "Elevator Street", the only vertical street in North America, and is a 130-foot tall tower built in 1955 to connect the lower city to the upper. It's free, staffed, and has an access tunnel and an observation deck up top for amazing river and mill views. Both tunnel and deck are lined with large holographic pictures of the elevators construction as well as some indigenous and cultural local history. It began as a water-powered elevator in 1915, but was upgraded to an electric-powered elevator in 1954. It is an example of Googie architecture, which is reminiscent of the space-age housing structures in the Jetson's cartoon show. To add to this fun, the elevator is also reported to host the ghost of a red-haired boy named Carl Green that died after drinking contaminated river water. From the top, the bluff trail continues offering views of a huge abandoned mill and Willamette falls.
Written June 15, 2019
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Judith Elliot M
Oregon5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
The Oregon City Municipal elevator carries visitors and residents alike up the cliff that separates the downtown area of the city. You board at Seventh Street in the heart of Oregon City's newly revitalized and charming downtown. Then you get off at the top of the hill where you can enjoy a walk along the beautiful Promenade with 200 degree views of the Willamette River. At the top you also have the opportunity to visit four restored historical homes, and do a walking trip through a neighborhood with dozens of registered historical private homes. If one of the museum houses is closed, you can call a number on your phone and hear a great information packet about the property. The elevator makes this possible and easy.
Written January 8, 2019
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Colleen B
Seattle, Washington, United States45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Didn't know exactly what it was, but it came quickly, the operator was friendly and knowedgeable and the view was great!
Written July 22, 2018
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Melanie S
Oregon City, OR22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Park above and avoid parking fees while visiting Oregon City. Elevator is free and view is priceless .
Written February 4, 2018
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Shirley
Oregon City, OR11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
I love taking visitors to the elevator great view and very interesting information. And it's FREE. We park on the top of the hill and take the elevator down to the old town of oregon city.
Written February 16, 2016
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