The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is a 130ft elevator which connects two neighborhoods in Oregon City in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the only outdoor municipal elevator in the U.S. and one of only four in the world. The upper portion contains an observation deck which accounts for its flying saucer appearance.Planning Oregon City trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
There have been two elevators at this location. The current elevator was built in 1954–55, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
The city of Oregon City includes dramatic changes in elevation. The city's central business district is sandwiched between the Willamette River and a basalt cliff, and is only several blocks wide. At the top of the 90ft cliff lies another neighborhood. Indian trails negotiating the cliffside were used originally to connect the two areas beginning with the founding of the town in 1829. Numerous stairways were built in the mid-1860s, but a better transportation solution was needed.
A bond measure to raise $12,000 for construction was put to voters in July 1912. This levy failed, but a second referendum passed in December of the same year. The elevator opened to the public in 1915, delayed by politics. The original elevator was water-powered and took three minutes for the ride. The elevator was so popular that most of the cliffside stairs were removed. The elevator was converted to electric drive in 1924, which reduced the time to 30 seconds.
Oregon City Municipal Elevator Reviews
It was during my childhood that I last remember an elevator operator. It has been updated and has a view from the top. Parking is free at the top! more »
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 ... more »
Very interesting place, I never expect elevator in city of Oregon. I come here for Willamette falls, the old Indian tribe’s fishing ground. There is an elevator attendant to take you up and down, walking along upper trail you can see the old Oregon city. Beautiful city view from elevator.
A quirky and interesting local attraction. There is a trail the follows the edge of a cliff to the South West from the top of the elevator. There are fantastic views of the river and the "industrial ruins" of the old paper factory
Plan your trip to Oregon City
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Oregon City
Hidden gems in Oregon City
Wineries in Oregon City
Historic Sites in Oregon City
Plans to Oregon City Municipal Elevator by other users
1 day in Clackamas County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Mt Hood Territory BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in United States BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Clackamas County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium