About this Site

I used to live on Bailey Avenue on Mount Washington and loved taking the Mon Incline to get downtown. It's a beautiful view with unique changes each season. Pittsburgh is lucky to have two historic funiculars, and Pittsburghers clearly take pride in these scenic yet functional marvels.

This site is an homage to the Pittsburgh jewel that is the Monongahela Incline. It was built as an informational site for potential visitors to the incline, and a portfolio piece. I hope to provide a little more historical information and visual imagery of this uniquely Pittsburgh icon than visitors might find elsewhere. I was intrigued that there was so little information available on the chief engineer of the Mon Incline, John J. Endres. After doing some digging, I believe I've been able to add a bit more to the sparse historical record of his life, and possibly uncovered some information that contradicts conventional wisdom.

The Monongahela Incline is owned and operated by The Port Authority of Allegheny County. They are the definitive source for official information regarding The Monongahela Incline. Information and/or opinions expressed on this site are not sanctioned by The Port Authority of Allegheny County. The Port Authority maintains a very active Twitter account with literally up-to-the-minute scheduling information for both the inclines and the entire Allegheny County transit system.

I hope you enjoy the site. If you have suggestions on how we can improve this site, or any historical information that you can add, particularly regarding Caroline Endres Diescher's engineering work, please get in touch by using our contact page. If you have questions for the operator of the incline, The Port Authority of Allegheny County, you can contact them here.

Thanks for visiting.

Patrick Quinn
August 2016