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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. 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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  • August 10, 2017
    + Cheap: $3 round trip (up the hill and down the hills) for adults, $1.50 round trip for kids. BRING CASH! They do not accept credit cards. + BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! Once you get to the top, there's an overl...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Dubuque had several of these, just one remains. And their only a few left in the united states. When you get to the top you get a view of all three states and over look the city of Dubuque the oldest ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I went to see this because my mom took me to Angels Flight in LA and I still recall that trip. This is fairly affordable and it was some families giving their kids and grandkids the joy my mom gave me...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    Always fun to take a ride in the cable car. Very nice view and friendly people.
  • April 19, 2017
    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.
  • May 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    Old world craftsmanship with exelent views. People were friendly and fees are minimal for the experience.

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