Oregon City's Municipal Elevator has been selected as one of 100 'places that matter' across the country through the National Trust for Historic Preservation's This Place Matters Community Challenge.
The elevator - the only vertical street in the country - is now in the running for a $25,000 cash prize that could be used to help restore the structure; winners will be chosen through an online vote.
The National Trust's This Place Matters Community Challenge selected 100 sites from around the country to compete for three cash awards by inviting the public to vote for their favorite place. Voting begins on June 1 at www.PreservationNation.org/communitychallenge and closes June 30.
'This contest is an opportunity to put Oregon City back on the map, as a community that cares about our places and spaces,' said Lloyd Purdy, director of the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City. 'No other city has a local icon as unique as the Municipal Elevator.' Last year the municipal elevator carried more than 130,000 visitors to and from downtown Oregon City.
'I've grown up here in Oregon City and the Municipal Elevator has been a consistent reminder of Oregon City's ingenuity and heritage,' said Terri Powers, president of the board of directors of Main Street Oregon City.