Real Fact 329
The world's first escalators was built in Coney Island, NY, in 1896.

The first patent # 25,076 relating to an escalator-like machine was granted in March 9, 1859 to Nathan Ames of Saugus, Massachusetts for an invention that he called Revolving Stairs. His design for the escalator was far ahead of its time, yet was never built. It appears that Mr. Ames died in 1860. The earliest working type of escalator, patented in 1892 by Jesse W. Reno, was introduced as a new novelty ride at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island NY, NY in 1896.

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(Notes from Mrs. Feldman: Have you seen this site? It says that Harrods in London installed the world's first escalator. Do you believe this? And if you search in Encyclopedia Britannica, you might find some conflicting information as well. Keep going! You still need to cite the ACTUAL web pages that gave you the information, not just )

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