Oregon City Highlights
Small town where it is still easy to get across the street. Some decent restaurants.
Tourist attractions such as several of the smaller museums struggle for money, and occasionally close for a few months.
In a nutshell
Make sure you verify they are open before coming here if you want to see one of the smaller museums, as they have recently all struggled with finances. John McGloughlin House is a National Historic...
Oregon City Things to Do
Willamette Falls was one of the reasons why Oregon City was a main attraction for those coming from the east. Here, early sawmills, woolen mills, and other industry used the power of the falls to create Oregon's first industrial area. Today, the falls are still used that way: Portland General Electric still runs its very old powerhouse here,...more
There are two significant historical museums in Oregon City. These are the End of the Oregon Trail museum near Interstate 205 and Washington Street, and the other is the much lesser known Museum of the Oregon Territory. The unfortunate problem is that the Museum of the Oregon Territory is actually the better of the two museums, as far as I am...more
This paved sidewalk and park wanders along the top of Oregon City's infamous cliff. From it, it is possible to see much of downtown Oregon City, as well as across the river to West Linn and north as far as the clouds will allow you do see.There are a number of benches.A drinking fountain is located inside the Oregon City elevator building, but can...more
Some years back, the lawn in front of the old Oregon City Senior Center (now called "community center") hosted an art fair. The artists were *very* local (Oregon City and West Linn for the most part) and the operation was quite informal: at least one artist, having heard of the event, simply showed up halfway through the first day.Eventually,...more
The Three Rivers Artist Guild used to be one of the main features of the old Carnegie Arts Center, but then that facility closed.The Three Rivers Artist Guild used to be the primary attraction in the store in the End of the Oregon Trail Center, but then that museum ran short of money, and it temporarily closed.Therefore, it should not be surprising...more
Willamette Falls was one of the reasons why Oregon City was a main attraction for those coming from the east. Here, early sawmills, woolen mills, and other industry used the power of the falls to create Oregon's first industrial area.Today, the falls are still used that way: Portland General Electric still runs its very old powerhouse here, dating...more
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I've eaten breakfast a number of times here, and found the food to be a good value for the price. However, I have also found the food to be nothing of stunning spectacular in terms of its quality and taste either - its just simple, good food.The view out the window, however, is the best offered by any restaurant in Oregon City (which unfortunately...more
There have been a few attempts over the years to try to have upscale food in Oregon City. It appears that at least one of those attempts has been successful.Mi Famiglia has a trendy interior, though located inside one of Oregon City's older downtown buildings. The walls have been decorated to simulate an older Italian building, while the lunch...more
Tacho's was really the first of the current generation of non-chian non-fast food restaurants that was able to figure out how to do business successfully in Oregon City. You must understand that for some 30 years, Oreogn City was a workers city, based on the paper mill and a few other industries. Workers had money, but high-price food and high-end...more
Oregon City Transportation
Around 1983, the city of Oregon City rented a bus that had been outfitted as a "streetcar" look-alike. Basically, it was a bus body and frame with wooden seats and other elements to make it look somewhat more like an antique streetcar. It was named by its owners "Dolly the Trolley". For a brief period during one summer, this "trolley" carried...more
The Oregon City Elevator is a local tradition as well as a way to get between the upper level of downtown Oregon City and the lower level, central part of downtown Oregon City.Around 1913, the city constructed its first elevator to supplement existing staircases (which were incompatible with the new "hobble skirt" unless women wanted to do shameful...more
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Oregon City Warnings and Dangers
I know you will be tempted to climb on the Elk at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, but control yourself. There are signs warning "Do not climb on Elk" so pay attention please. LOL!Related to:
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Oregon City Off The Beaten Path
In the 1960s the Hopkins family purchased a lot of mixed forest and clearcut land outside Beaver Creek in order to farm it for forest harvesting. The trees were slowly harvested for income, but new ones were planted, all the time managing the land as a permenent source of income and therefore not cutting in such a way as to make it permanently...more
When I was a student at Oregon City High School in the late 1980s, this location along the Willamette River was still being used for unloading trucks of raw logs, which were then tied into huge rafts and hauled down the river by tug boat to another destination. Sometimes that was export, and sometimes that was to one of the large lumber mills along...more
In 1977, despite the reputation Oregon had even then of being a progressive and environmentally friendly place, there were few official environmental education programs, and virtually no community recycling programs or services.That year, the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center opened at Clackamas Community College, and while the program and...more
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