Going Up! A History of Elevators [INFOGRAPHIC]

Going Up A History of Elevators

Have you ever thought about the history of elevators? Elevators are a convenience that many people take for granted, but the modern elevator has only been in existence since the mid-1800s. Ancient civilizations used primitive methods for moving stones, crops, and water into place, including for such notable landmarks as the Great Pyramids in Egypt. King Louis XV utilized a “flying chair” to access different floors in his residence in the 1700s, but it was not until 1854, when Elisha Grave Otis demonstrated his “safety hoist” at the New York City World’s Fair, that elevators became a viable way to move people. In 1857, the first commercial passenger elevator was installed in a department store, and as time passed, elevators came to rely on electricity instead of steam for power. Take a look at this infographic from the Salt Lake City elevator maintenance experts at Carson Elevator LLC to learn more about the evolution of elevators. Please share with your friends and fellow history buffs!

History of the elevator infographic by Carson Elevator LLC