1. Where is the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway?
Fenelon St. Elevator (also known as the Fourth Street Elevator) is located in Dubuque near the banks of the Mississippi River. It first opened in 1882 and it was built as a private cable car for Mr. Graves to go to his home on the hill for lunch each day. It originally was powered by a coal-fired steam engine boiler and winch using a hemp rope. It burned in 1884 and when it was repaired it was opened to the public for five cents a ride. There were two more fires over the years and in 1977 the cable car system was rebuilt including replacing the original 84-year-old gear drive with a modern gear box and motor. In just 296 feet the track takes passengers 189 feet above the street below.
2. Where is Iowa’s only highway tunnel located?
Pammel State Park called Harmon Tunnel is located 4 miles southwest of Winterset. It was originally dug in 1858 to carry water diverted from the Middle River to power a sawmill, but in 1925 it was expanded in size to allow vehicles. Since then, it has been expanded and reinforced to accommodate modern vehicles.
3. Where is the National Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame located?
Located in Anamosa at 102 Chamber Drive just off Hwy. 151 the museum was founded in 1989 and moved to their current location in 2010. Their goal is to display a fine collection of machines and historical objects from around the world much of which is focused on vintage motorcycles.