The Monongahela was built in 1870 and carried us from near Station Square to Grandview Avenue, atop Mount Washington, a little under 370 feet. The inclines are an intrinsic part of Pittsburgh history ... there was, at one time, 17 of these passenger-carrying vehicles which served as public transportation for the workers who lived on the hill. Our tram was fitted for 23 people, and we had it to ourselves. The views were great, and even greater when we reached the top of the hill and went to one of the jutting decks. We bought round-trip tickets and then walked to Duquesnes incline (passing St. Mary of the Mount on the way, which can be seen clearly at night). It is a bit long (about a mile) on a paved sidewalk, but it's a bit of a strain because it's not flat and at times, darnright hilly. We enjoyed it but others might not, and then we went down the hill at Duquesnes with our round-trip ticket and then walked to the other side of the river along a pedestrian-friendly path along the bridge to the Fort Pitt Museum. Total time: about 2.5 hours, with our hotel shuttle bus dropping us off at the incline and picking us up at Fort Pitt. If going up/down the same incline: less than half an hour.
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