Monongahela Incline is one of the oldest in the region, built in 1870, and it is one of the nation’s steepest. We took the subway to Station Square and found the station house just west of the train stop on Carson Street. (If you take the subway, ask for a transfer at the pay booth when you get off and you’ll save more than $1 off the price of the
Incline.) The comfortable enclosed car slowly lifted us 367 feet up the mount while Kay took pictures--I looked down at the floor! (Six hundred and thirty-five feet of wooden rails seems like a long ride at 6 miles/hour.)
From the Patrick T. Fagan Overlook, the view of the three rivers is spectacular. Looking west, you can see "The Point," where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers form the
Ohio River, Lewis and Clark’s Gateway to the West.
The orange blob past the bridge is the new Heinz Stadium, where the Steelers play, and close to it is Carnegie Science Center, where you can tour a submarine there on the Ohio
or see the Omnimax film of Pittsburgh (8 minutes and better than the feature).
Straight ahead, the skyline of downtown faces the Monongahela, which is decorated with sightseeing boats in warmer weather.
We had thought of walking along Grandview Avenue, the residential street that runs along the top of the Mount, to find a restaurant with a view. There are several with glass walls and patios hanging over the cliff, but we opted for the closer view of the skyline and river at Sheraton’s Pittsburgh Rare. The Grand Concourse Restaurant in the old train station (now the Landmarks Building) has an enclosed patio with a good, close view of river traffic--and a good seafood menu.
Looking east, we captured many bridges along the Monongahela, where Andrew
Carnegie’s steel barges from his upstream Homestead Mill used to ply the
Further up the river are locks that an $11 cruise on the Gateway Clipper will show you while narrating the river’s history. (Note the car approaching the station.)
Inside, we read the history of the Incline before we descended.
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