Iowa Attractions November 19, 2020
See The Charming City of Dubuque, Iowa Like Never Before On This Delightful Cable Car
Take a peek at the best views of Dubuque from the top of this quirky little cable car. It’s known as the world’s steepest and shortest railway, and riding to the top is a bucket-list worthy experience for any Iowan.
Dubuque's historic Fenelon Place Elevator is a quirky attraction that appeals to people who want to ride the world's steepest and shortest railway!
The Elevator was built in 1882, after an influential Iowan got sick of his long buggy ride back to his house on the top of the bluffs at Fenelon Place. Because of how long his rides took, he never had time to nap at home during his lunch break, and that just wouldn't do!
Inspired by incline railways he had seen in the Alps, J. K. Graves petitioned the city for the right to build one here, and pretty soon, the Fenelon Place Elevator was born.
Today, the drive from downtown to the top of the bluffs isn't quite as lengthy, but visitors still love to ride the railway - also known as the 4th Street Elevator - to the top.
The funky little railcar is slanted, too, so that riding along is easier on passengers. When you climb in and sit down, you'll pull a bell cord and your ride will begin.
The ride to the top takes about two minutes. Don't let the bumps and creaks make you nervous - it's all part of the cable car's historic charm.
Though your view is obscured by trees on your way up, you'll be rising high above the scenic city, and when you get to the top, the views will blow you away.
From Fenelon Place, you can see for miles across Dubuque, and even into Wisconsin and Illinois!
On a clear day, you can even see as far as the bluffs of the Mines of Spain! How many Dubuque landmarks can you spot from way up here?
Find current rates, hours, and more information about the
Fenelon Place Elevator on their website.
While you’re in Dubuque, be sure to
Visit The Port Of Dubuque, Iowa For An Unforgettable Experience and get to know the history of one of the best little cities in Iowa. Address: Fenelon Place Elevator, 491 W 4th St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA