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Monongahela Incline - Pittsburgh, PA

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Monongahela Incline was built between 1869 & 1870 and is the oldest continuously run funicular railway in the United States.


As you ascending to the top of the incline, you will look down at the downtown skyline where the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers all join.


The German immigrants, steel and coal workers mostly, who struggled along switchbacks up and down the mountain proposed that Pittsburgh build a funicular like those common in Germany.

At one time there were 17 funicular railways spread along the city’s ridges. Today only two are still running. The Duquesne Incline is about a mile away and built in 1877.


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