The Fenelon Place Elevator is the cheapest thrill in Dubuque, and it is a "Must" for those who visit the city. For only $2.00 (round trip) you can take a unique ride on "the world's shortest, steepest, scenic railway."
The Elevator was originally built in 1882 by local businessman J.K. Graves, for his personal convenience in traveling from his home to his place of work and back. However, it was soon opened to the public.
The 296 feet of track elevates passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place, connecting the downtown area of Dubuque with an older residential area. From the top you will thrill to a magnificent view of the historic Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River and three states - Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
At the top, I asked a ticket agent how they could claim to be the "steepest" when the Incline Railway between Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga, Tennessee also claims to be the steepest railway in the world. He explained to me that the Fenelon Place Elevator is the "shortest, steepest" while the Incline Railway in Tennessee is much longer.
The Elevator operates daily from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m.
512 Fenelon Place
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
You won't find big crowds and long lines at the Dubuque Regional Airport. Here there is only one ticket counter, one gate, and one commuter airline - American Eagle. When we went to Dubuque, I drove out early and Karen flew out later to join me. I parked, free of charge, right in front of the airport, so meeting her was a cinch.
There are four flights offered every day. All of them are to and from Chicago, O'Hare. The airport is located about 6 miles south of Dubuque off U.S. 61.
Those who are staying in Dubuque without are car, or those who would just prefer not to drive, may still see many of the sights and attractions of the city by riding the trolley. One hour narrated tours are available. Also, the trolley may be used as a shuttle between downtown hotels and major attractions at the Port of Dubuque.
Tours most days begin at 12:15 p.m. at 4th and Bluff Streets and 12:30 p.m. at the Iowa Welcome Center. The trolley may also be chartered for conventions, reunions, shopping, and parties. Trolleys can be heated and enclosed. Christmas lights tours are also available.