Econo Lodge Southeast
17330 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Phone: (503) 654-2222
Fax: (503) 654-1300
There are only four municipal elevators in the world, and Oregon City is home to one of them. In 1915, the Oregon City Municipal Elevator was erected to bridge the gap between the lower part of town and the new upper bluff. The original water-powered lift took a full three minutes to travel a short distance. When switched to electricity in 1924, the ride took a mere 30 seconds. The current elevator was constructed in 1955 and is still in operation.
Showcasing the best designs of Italianate and the High Victorian Italianate style, the Harvey Cross House is a huge two levels structure. This landmark dates back to the 1880s and was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Built in 1849, Barclay House was owned by Dr. Forbes Barclay, his wife and their seven children while the doctor practiced medicine for 23 years in Oregon City and became a pillar of the community. Originally located next to the Willamette River, the house was moved in 1937 to sit adjacent to the historic McLoughlin House. The home is now used as a gift shop for historic homes, as well as hosting meeting rooms and offices. Remembering our history is critical, and this home is a true representation of our past.
Dr. John McLoughlin is affectionately known as the "Father of Oregon." His house remains almost as it was when the good doctor built it in 1845. Some of the original furniture and furnishings are still there, so it is a real treat for history buffs. Do not miss the bed that was owned by the family of Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark). The guided tour is educational and amazing. Admission is free. The house remains closed between mid-December and March, please visit the website for more details.
Built in 1907, this museum was once the home of prominent citizens of Oregon, Mary Elizabeth Crawford and Harley Stevens. It still contains the original antique furnishings of both the owners and other long passed prominent citizens of this area. The classic foursquare architectural style was popular in the 1910s and '20s so tours through the museum are like taking a trip back in time to the turn of the century.
Children and adults can enjoy water slides, wave pools, sand volleyball and more inside this giant building. Conference rooms are also available as well as an onsite cafe, a small retail shop and an outside picnic area under trees and sun. Adults can get away from the hectic swim area and head over to the adult-only hot tub to relax, knowing that lifeguards are always on duty. The lifeguards try to keep two lanes open for lap swimming at all times.
Historic Oregon City is the home of the third house ever built in the Oregon Territory, and Clackamas County's oldest house. The Ermatinger House was erected by one of Oregon's prominent citizens, Francis Ematinger, a Portuguese native who was schooled in England and was a former Hudson's Bay employee. Ermatinger arrived in Portland in 1825, made his mark in Oregon retail and government, and erected this house in 1845. Tours and living history teas are offered to the public.
Atkinson Memorial Church is the oldest of its kind in the west. Since 1844, the independent church has supported religious freedom and diversity, welcoming all denominations into its fold. Apart from the mass services, programs for children are also offered. The towering, majestic church is awe-inspiring and reflects a touch of European opulence. The congregation, by contrast, is down-to-earth and happy to greet new members. The church is available for weddings and other special events.
Located on the southeast edge of Portland, the chamber offers information on everything. The main attractions of North Clackamas County are the parks and the outdoors. This county is where you will find the entrance to the Springwater Corridor, one of the area's best places for hiking, biking and picnicking. You will also find Mt. Scott, where you can step back and get a good view of Portland's skyline. In addition the county has golf courses, rivers, streams and shopping strip malls.
See Oregon's first covered wagon. It is here along with an old pharmacy and another first Oregon's first operating able. Seeing that will make you glad you do not need 19th Century medical care. The collections here are more significant than numerous, but the display guides are informative and well done. Admission are free.
This is an impressive site from almost any vantage point along State Highway 99 East and Interstate 205 near Oregon City. The Willamette River pours more than 40 feet of water over a basaltic ridge built in the 1870s. From certain locations, the falls appear to be completely round, dropping into a hole, while the actual shape is a huge half circle, built to direct traffic around the river. A view from West Linn can be used to watch boats along the river, while the Oregon City side offers frequent turnouts.
Milwaukie Museum—this farmhouse and its contents are as they were more than 100 years ago. Half of the house has been rebuilt, while the other half remains in its original form, so it is an interesting look at restoration. Inside you will find lots of old stuff, including washing machines, farm tools and other household items common to history's citizens of Milwaukee, located about 10 miles southeast of Portland. Museum admission is free.