Jesse Wilford Reno
Born 1861 - 1947
Endless Conveyor or Elevator
Patent #: 470,918
Jesse Reno is one of several individuals credited with the beginnings of the
Born in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Reno obtained degrees in mining and metallurgical engineering from Lehigh University. In 1892, he invented a conveyor belt set at an incline of 25 degrees. The planks of the conveyor belt were metal with a serrated surface, much like the steps of todayís escalator. The design allowed for a smooth transition between the belt and the landings by combining serrated planks with a set of comb-like teeth at the top and bottom landings. A handrail that moved with the conveyor belt provided the passenger with an added sense of security. Reno also suggested a use for his device that is now standard: using one escalator to transport people up and another to bring people back down.