"Monongehela Incline" Pittsburgh Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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The inclines above the Monongahela River are also called funiculars. The Monongahela Incline dates back to 1870, making it the oldest surviving incline in the US. It's pulled by a long cable, similar to the kind used on San Francisco's cable cars. Designed by John G. Endres and Sam Diescher, it is 635 feet long, with a grade of 38 degrees.

More than just a tourist attraction, it's the way that many locals still commute. From the bottom, one can take in all the sights of the South Side, the Monongahela River, and downtown. At the top are some magnificent views.

The hours are Monday-Saturday 5:30am-12:45am, Sunday and holidays 7am-12:45am.

Address: Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Directions: The incline goes from Station Square (on Carson St) up to the top of Mt Washington.
Phone: 412-442-2000
Website: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/default.aspx

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  • Written Aug 2, 2007
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