Online Voting Could Make Dubuque Landmark "8th Wonder of the World"

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (KATIE WIEDEMANN/KCRG)


By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The world's shortest, steepest railroad could soon have a new title: 8th Wonder of the World. That's if enough online voters choose The Fenelon Place Elevator for that distinction. is hosting an online voting contest to name one popular tourist spot as the world's 8th wonder.

There's a little sense of wonder, each and every time the 130 year Fenelon Place Elevator climbs a 190 foot tall bluff.

Tourist Eric Wheeler said, "it's like when you get half way up the whole world opens up. You know? You can see forever. "

But is this physical phenomenon 8th World Wonder worthy?

Elevator Owner Amy Schadle said, "Well I am kind of partial. You know. It's like my favorite thing. "

Apparently it's also a favorite thing of millions of travelers from around the world. That's who selected the elevator as a contest finalist.

"It was actually a lot smoother ride than I thought it was going to be, " said Adam Byersdorfer.

First build in 1882 as a way for workers to travel to and from work, the world's shortest, steepest railroad still attracts thousands of visitors each year. Owners say the patio at the top showcases the best view in the tri-states.

A little wonder, right here in Iowa.

Other finalists include; Bandelier National Monument- Los Alamos, Balboa Park- San Diego and 12 Apostles- State of Victoria.

Online voting ends September 30th.

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