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Fenelon Place Elevator Co., Dubuque

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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. For Fenelon Place Elevator Co. and beyond, use our Dubuque trip itinerary planning app to get the most from your Dubuque vacation.
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  • When friends come to Dubuque and we are showing them around town the 4th st elevator is always on our list , they are always amazed that this is still running , in great shape and the unbelievable vie...  more »
  • This is definately something worth checking out! It has a great view from the top and it is only $2.00 to ride up and down! Highly recommend stoping here!  more »
  • Expansive views are worth this ticket! From the base of the downtown Dubuque art gallery area to the deck area above, this ride is quite an interesting experience and quite a thrill. Great for a coupl...  more »
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  • Amazing view of the city. Unique and quick thing to do in the town of Dubuque. We went up before dinner around Christmas time and they had all their lights up which was adorable! It was amazing to see all the lights of the town below. I'm sure it would be a great view during the day as well!
  • The elevator part is a little scary, but it's an unique and historic experience that pays off with one of the best views of the city. Open until late, so you can come up in the evening and see the city lights on display. Friendly attendants, clean and well-maintained. Be sure to check this place out while in Dubuque, and ask a bit about it's history.
  • It was closed for the season. Otherwise it looks like a fun attraction.
  • A service that is also historic and scenic.. A pleasant surprise!
  • Great view. Worth the $2
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