Municipal Elevator, Oregon City, Oregon

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7th Street, Oregon City, OR, USA

Municipal Elevator, Oregon City, Oregon Reviews

X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Jul 21, 2007
The historic Oregon City Municipal Elevator is one of only four municipal elevators in the entire world. Because of the steep cliff above the lower segment of the city the 722 step stairs were a hard and time consuming way to get up or down the distance. Originally built back in 1915, it was first powered by water, but it was quickly realized that the water required to power the elevator made flushing toilets impossible on the upper area near the site. So, by 1924 the power was changed to electricity and it not only relieved the water problems but sped the travel time for the elevator to 30 seconds, half of its original time. In 1955 a new and greatly improved elevator was erected and has been in use ever since. The ride up or down the 130 foot now only takes 15 seconds. The existing elevator could be operated by the customer, but the city has always had an operator on duty. The elevator has always been free and the gentleman who was on duty the day we rode gave wonderful stories and suggested that in another ten years he would probably be out of a job. There are plans to build yet another upgraded elevator. The ride is free and the view from the top platform gives a great panoramic view of the area.
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X_Drive says:
Only time will tell about Arnie, I mean Governor Schwar.... whatever, but I feel quite at home here. I have even found a way to fit in, while he still seems to stick out no matter what he does. First working on his body, then trying to pretend he was could act, and now, well, you've heard about him running this part of the earth, oops, world. :)
Posted on: Oct 18, 2007
travelman727 says:
Nice cover story, Roger! You can't fool me; this is the spaceship that brought you and Governator Arnold to earth ;-D
Posted on: Oct 17, 2007
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