Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top
by Monica Kulling
In 1818, seven-year-old Elisha was fascinated by farm machinery. As a young man, he tried a variety of ways to make a living, but nothing fired his imagination more than the job he found in a bed-frame factory. Soon he invented a machine that made frames four times faster than ever before. In 1852, while overseeing the construction of a new factory, he had to find a way to move heavy machinery to the second floor. He didn't trust the hoisting platform, so he invented a safety brake. It was so successful that rather than lift machine parts, Elisha decided to build "people-hoisting machines." In 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first successful passenger elevator in a five-story department store in New York City. Before Elisha's invention, buildings were never higher than six stories. At last it was possible to build skyscrapers!
The National Museum
of Industrial History is excited to start its brand new Young Reader's Program. This engaging series features
award-winning children's literature to educate and inspire younger
generations with stories of industrial history. Each date will include a
fun and interactive show and tell component.
PROGRAM IS FREE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES!
Support for this program was generously provided by QNB Bank.