Trip Planner:   USA  /  Iowa  /  Dubuque  /  Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

Fenelon Place Elevator Co., Dubuque

#2 of 49 in Things to do in Dubuque
Landmark · Tourist Spot
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.
Create an itinerary including Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Fenelon Place Elevator Co. reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,133 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.

Plan your trip to Dubuque

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.