||In the 1960's, the incline was no longer profitable, but had saved many lives during two
spring floods. The incline provided the only access for emergency vehicles when the rivers
rose to flood stage. The city had been operating the incline for several years and although
no longer profitable, it's value in a flood was too important to let it close. In 1984, the
incline was completely refurbished with volunteer help. This project took one year and eight
months to complete. Today it is a major tourist attraction. It is the only funicular in the
United States that still transports automobiles and trucks up and down the hill.