Ok, so I’m typically not good with heights. At all. However this classic, Pittsburgh defining landmark is can’t miss. So much so, it’s become a tradition for visitors and natives alike.
Take a step back in time on a century-old cable car and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh while riding one of the few remaining inclines in the country. Opened on May 20, 1877, the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars. Now you can visit the interior of the incline and watch the machinery while it operates. The Duquesne Incline’s upper station houses a museum of Pittsburgh history, including photos and a storehouse of information on inclines from around the world. Unusual Pittsburgh souvenirs, maps and photos can be found at the gift shop.
Originally steam powered, the Duquesne Incline was built to carry cargo up and down Mt. Washington in the late 19th century. It later carried passengers, particularly Mt. Washington residents who were tired of walking up footpaths to the top. Inclines were then being built all over Mt. Washington. But as more roads were built on “Coal Hill” most of the other inclines were closed. By the end of the 1960s, only the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline remained.
The Duquesne Incline is an attraction that remains open 365 days a year! No matter your favorite time of the year, there’s no excuse not to take a ride. The view is gorgeous. You’re riding history. And, hey…how many cities have something “old” that remains “hip” into the present day? You can find all the information you need at their official website…HERE!
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