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Fenelon Place Elevator Co., Dubuque
(4.8/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Claiming to be the shortest and steepest scenic railway in the world Fenelon Place Elevator Co. climbs 57.6 m (189 ft) in elevation during its mere 90.2 m (296 ft) long ascent. At the top, you can spend time on two observation decks overlooking downtown Dubuque and the Mississippi River. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the funicular is also known as the Fourth Street Elevator for its location at the end of Fourth Street. The lift was originally built for J.K. Graves, a politician and banker who lived at the top of the hill and wanted a faster way to reach the city. He opened it to the public in 1884. Work out when and for how long to visit Fenelon Place Elevator Co. and other Dubuque attractions using our handy Dubuque trip builder.
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  • The history, price, and view here are all unbeatable. The East Dubuque/Galena area is a great place for adults who love history, scenery, food and nightlife. This elevator ride is a great way to spend...  more »
  • We make sure to stop here so we get a picturesque view of Dubuque. Its only $3.00 to ride up and down. Near lots of old mansions and downtown area. 
  • We were just driving around after our evening at the Redstone Bed & Breakfast and happened to find this! Very exciting almost vertical drop into a charming historical shopping district. A very nice su...  more »
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  • Fun tourist attraction! Bring cash! And shop at the stores after in the lower neighborhood!
  • Value for Money: Incredible. Architecture at the top of the Bluff: Awesome. I: Impressed. Must-see in Dubuque.
  • Historic District cable car lift. Gift shop. Beautiful scenery overlooking the Mississippi and downtown Dubuque, IA. Very friendly staff.
  • A stop in Dubuque without a ride to the top is an incomplete visit. It is hands down the best $2 round trip ride to be had anywhere. The view at the top is spectacular.
  • An incredible spot to get an unexpectedly awesome view of the Mississippi river as well as a couple other states nearby! This elevator that started in 1893 sits at the bottom of Fenelon place around 5th Street. There's a number of fun little places at the bottom of the elevator including a handmade gift shop and an ice cream & Chocolate Shop. The ice cream shop was particularly nice on the hot day that we visited. One car goes up while another comes down to the weight is never super long. The cars are wooden and feel a little bit on the janky side, but certainly get the job done. $3 to ride if you're over the age of 5 or $1.50 if you're a kiddo. As others have noted, you pay at the top and you're not required to ride back down if you'd rather just hang out there or walk back. Reviews of here are spectacular and give a great perspective of Dubuque, the Mississippi River and most of the surrounding communities. It's not the sort of place that you expect to see in the middle of Iowa! Any time that we are up here, we try to stop in and do this as it's a great reminder of some of the beauty that exists in the state. It's well worth your time and definitely worth the $3!