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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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  • From the last couple of reviews I've read they said the place was closed. I don't think anybody realized there was a phone number to call which I did this morning and the very nice lady said that they...  more »
  • As of 3PM Monday June 12 it was still closed with no signs or notices of when it will re-open. We could not spend any more time in Dubuque but it would be helpful to others if they would at least post...  more »
  • Closed for repairs. Doesn't say how long. Disappointed kids!! Visited June 10th Sad family. But we will try again!  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.