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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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  • This incline railway / elevator is definitely worth the $3 round trip if only to get to experience the odd sensation of moving upwards and sideways at the same time! A bonus is a great panoramic view ...  more »
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  • 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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