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“Kind of interesting”

Oregon City Municipal Elevator
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Oregon City
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Owner description: 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.
phoenix, AZ
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Kind of interesting”
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 Falls. It was a beautiful day and the gardens along the path were lovely, so it was a nice attraction, but for us, it was just nice!

Visited September 2013
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Oregon City, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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]

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A lovely free excursion.”
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 elevator/steps is Main St, where there are a number of very good restaurants (our favorites were the Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants). By the way, Wrightberry's Bakery on Main St. has the most best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever tasted.

Visited August 2013
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Irvine, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Quaint and Quirky”
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

Visited July 2013
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Oregon City, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a OC landmark that you should see...park at the top take the satirs doun past the waterfall then take elevator up...Check out the pictures that tell the history of the elevator then ask the elevator operator any other questions you may have they are up on their OC Elevator facts!...nice view from the deck on top!

Visited July 2013
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