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The History of Escalators

Found in shopping malls and public buildings across America, the escalator is a convenience that we all take for granted. But did you know that it was originally invented as an amusement park ride? In 1891, inventor Jesse Reno patented a moving ramp that was later installed in a popular exhibition at Coney Island. Charles D. Seeberger created a similar invention that featured individual wooden steps, and today’s modern escalator is a combination of both men’s designs!

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