Fenelon Place Elevator
The Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque Iowa, just 11 miles from Galena, Illinois is one of the many low cost fun things to do in Dubuque Iowa suggested by the Queen Anne Guest House. A round trip for an adult is only $2 and only $1 for children and is open April 1st through November 30th! This unique elevator is located on 4th Street in Dubuque, Iowa. For more fun low or no cost things to do in Galena, Illinois see our related article Save Money and Make Memories in Galena, Illinois.
The Fenelon Place Elevator is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been described as "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. Magnificent view of the business district, the Mississippi River and three states."
In 1882, Dubuque was an hour and a half town--at noon everything shut down for an hour and a half when everyone went home to dinner. Mr. J. K. Graves, a former mayor, former State Senator, also promoter of mines and a banker lived on top of the bluffs and worked at the bottom. Unfortunately, he had to spend half an hour driving his horse and buggy round the bluff to get to the t0p and another half an hour to return downtown, even though his bank was only two and a half blocks away. Mr. Graves, liked to take an hour for his dinner, then a half an hour nap, but this was impossible because of the long buggy ride. As a traveler he had seen incline railways in Europe and decided that a cable car would solve his problem. He petitioned the city for the right to build. The franchise was granted on June 5, 1882. John Bell, a local engineer, was hired to design and to build a one car cable modeled after those in the Alps.
Today you may also enjoy the cable car ride and see a most magnificent view of the Mississippi River and three states. Information taken from brochure provided by Fenelon Place Elevator Company. For more information please visit www.dbq.com/fenplco/.