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.
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. reviews
This is a must-do if you’re in Dubuque! It’s a fun and inexpensive ($3, roundtrip) funicular ride with pretty views from the top. It’s a fun place for kids and can easily spend 1-2 hours here looking.... more »
This is just something you have to do since it is unique. You can start out at the bottom or the top and take a round trip. It costs $3 for a round trip. more »
Super fun! If ever you're in Iowa, I would recommend this. Just a super fun piece of history
It was a very cool experience. The view from the top is breath taking. There is a charge but its $1.50 one way three round trip. I highly recommend this place.
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