First escalator
Who
Jesse W. Reno
What
first
Where
United States Coney Island, New York
When
The world's first escalator was created by Kansas, USA, inventor Jesse W Reno as a temporary amusement ride at the Old Iron Pier, Coney Island, New York, USA in September 1895. Reno's "inclined elevator" had a vertical rise of 2.1 m (7 ft) and inclination of 25 degrees, with riders sitting astride cast-iron slats atop a moving belt at 22.8 m (75 ft) per minute. Some 75,000 visitors took a ride during its fortnight-long installation.