Midwest Living Review
For only $1 each way, a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator is bargain entertainment. Once you get to the top, you’ll marvel at the views of the city, Mississippi River and three states—Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Fenelon Place Elevator Company says that its scenic railway is the world’s shortest and steepest. The wooden cable cars are at an angle to match the incline.
Built in 1882 by a businessman for his private use and opened in 1884 to the public, the lift is 296 feet long and elevates passengers 189 feet from 4th Street to Fenelon Place. The equipment used today is not original, but the elevator is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It's open from April through November.