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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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  • Very neat way to ride up to the top of the hill for an amazing view. There isn't much else to do once you are at the top but for only $4 it is something you have to check out if in the area. 
    Very neat way to ride up to the top of the hill for an amazing view. There isn't much else to do once you are at the top but for only $4 it is something you have to check out if in the area.  more »
  • I came across this in researching my trip. It’s a very simple thing but I found it to be so fun. You can take it from either the top or bottom of the hill. If you catch it from the bottom you just... 
    I came across this in researching my trip. It’s a very simple thing but I found it to be so fun. You can take it from either the top or bottom of the hill. If you catch it from the bottom you just...  more »
  • We took the round trip option which is $4 per adult and we would say it’s worth the views. We checked out a store at the bottom but not much else was open on the Sunday morning that we went. 
    We took the round trip option which is $4 per adult and we would say it’s worth the views. We checked out a store at the bottom but not much else was open on the Sunday morning that we went.  more »
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  • The funicular is a fun way to get from top to bottom of the hill. The ice cream shop at the bottom of the hill is also worth the stop for good treats and cute decorations. Scenic view from the top and the old time feel of the elevator make this a notable stop while visiting Dubuque
  • Great views! We parked at the bottom of the hill and took a round trip. It's cash only. The little cabins are very cute. It was a nice, slow ride.
  • Awesome!! Don't miss this! Super affordable at only $4 down & up again! Meander the beautiful downtown while you are there! Read the history of this elevator online because I didn't find it anywhere on site.
  • This was so much fun. Great entertainment for a small price. Beautiful veiw. This is a must do. Loved talking to the lady in the ticket booth.
  • It be my second time visiting Dubuque and never noticed this magical place till now. It’s $2 dollars for one way and $4 for round trip. It ain’t that bad. The view is worth it.

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