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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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  • Awesome view of the downtown and the river. The fall colors were beautiful too! The employees were a great help too!  more »
  • Neat little attraction to check out while you are in town. it's a short ride with great views if you have a little time to kill while in town. Half hour or so.  more »
  • What a delightful ride on this incline. Great views of the city and going different times of the day gives you a different excperience. We enjoyed talking with the operator who was very kind and frien...  more »
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  • For some strange reason I am always drawn to this place when I visit Dubuque. The ride and the views of the town and the mighty Mississippi are well worth the few dollars I had to spend to enjoy this. Make sure to take along your camera.
  • Always fun to take a ride in the cable car. Very nice view and friendly people.
  • Amazing! Great view of the town/skyline and amazing for pictures and to get ice cream. I visited here 2015 with my grandparents. My grandma came here in the 1950's and according to her it hasn't changed a bit.
  • Definitely worth the stop! Ride the little car up and down or down and up depending on where you park. Spend a few minutes taking photos of the areas below. Bring cash as they only accept cash.
  • Old world craftsmanship with exelent views. People were friendly and fees are minimal for the experience.

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