Elevator Fun Facts and other Interesting Information

Here are some elevator fun facts from its rich history:

Elevator Fun
  • America currently has over 700.000 elevators
  • Elevators are statistically the safest way to travel.
  • Elevators are twenty times safer than escalators.
  • 24 elevators at the ancient Roman Colosseum were manually operated by the force of over 200 slaves.
  • Most people who die in elevators are elevator technicians.
  • Average daily trips by the elevator user: 4
  • First elevator that had manual user control was installed in New York Marriott.
  • Maximum altitude that one cable hoisted elevator can achieve is 1700 feet.
  • Every elevator is supported by multiple cables and each of those cables can safely carry entire elevator and its passengers.
  • Close Door button will not make door close faster.
  • In every three days elevators carry equivalent of entire Earth’s population.
  • First public building elevator was installed in nine story high building in New York City.
  • Inventor of the modern day elevator Elisha Graves Otis formed a company that is supplying majority of today’s elevators.
  • First written record of elevator comes from 3rd century BC Greece. That simple elevator was invented by mathematician Archimedes.
  • Elevator music first appeared in 1920s to calm the fearful passengers who used the elevators for the first time.
  • Some of the most famous elevators can be found in Gateway Arch in St. Louis (cabin travels in a arch), Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon (one of the first steam powered lifts), Lacerda Elevator in Salvador (one of the busiest elevators in the world), Taipei 101 (rocked powered elevators!), Bailong Elevator in china (regarded to be biggest outdoor elevator), Louvre Elevator in France (its cabin is open) and Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas (it travels at the 39% degree).