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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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  • The view of the Mississippi river is awesome from the top of the hill at the Fenelon, you pay $4 bucks for a round trip ride and it is worth it. 
    The view of the Mississippi river is awesome from the top of the hill at the Fenelon, you pay $4 bucks for a round trip ride and it is worth it.  more »
  • Beautiful views. Worth the trip. Would definitely visit again during other seasons. Dogs are allowed. My dogs loved it. 
    Beautiful views. Worth the trip. Would definitely visit again during other seasons. Dogs are allowed. My dogs loved it.  more »
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  • Had a wonderful time! We were traveling through Dubuque, and discovered the Funicular on a painting. A quick Google search helped us find it's location. The trip takes 3 minutes up and another 3 minutes down the hill. Slow, pleasant, no stress, and the views from the top are fantastic! There is a wonderful shopping area surrounding the lower end of the Funicular. Unfortunately, we were on a time schedule, so did not have time to enjoy that area. There is an interesting story about its history, and past owners. Be sure to ask for info!
  • 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

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