Oregon City Elevator
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- 300 7th St
Oregon City, OR
- N 45° 21' 18.27" W 122° 36' 8.90"
Going Up Outside
The original city of Oregon City, just south of Portland, Oregon was built next to the Willamette River. As the city grew, it developed up the bluff. An easier way was needed to get to the upper level of the city and by 1867, steps were built. But numbering 722, the steps were difficult to climb.
It took several years, but eventually an elevator was built to transport people to the top of the hill. Today people can easily drive to the upper level of Oregon City. So why keep the elevator in operation? After all, the city pays to keep the elevator staffed 7 days a week and doesn’t charge a dime. Perhaps it’s for the fame. After all, the elevator is the country’s only outdoor municipal elevator. There are only 4 in the entire world.
The ride itself was a smooth as any indoor elevator. The view at the top is worth the trip. You get a nice view of the Willamette Valley, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.
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