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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 place is so cool and fun! I know, it's simple, and it's nothing massive, but just so nice and simple to see these views. We were here for a college visit, and it was just something quick to do... 
    This place is so cool and fun! I know, it's simple, and it's nothing massive, but just so nice and simple to see these views. We were here for a college visit, and it was just something quick to do...  more »
  • This is a must-do when you are in Dubuque. It's a piece of Iowa history that you should experience. It only costs $4.00 for the round trip and the view from the top is breathtaking. If you are not a.....  more
    This is a must-do when you are in Dubuque. It's a piece of Iowa history that you should experience. It only costs $4.00 for the round trip and the view from the top is breathtaking. If you are not a.....  more »
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  • An inexpensive thrill. Cable car goes up and then the cable car goes down. I would definitely bring my hiking shoes when you get to the top and walk the hills and check out the view. The view at the top alone was worth the visit. Come check it out, but bring cash since plastic isn't accepted.
  • A must do in Dubuque and at only $1.50 the most affordable history lesson in the city. Also do some shopping at the shops on the road up to it. Lots of neat things.

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