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Wyoming’s escalators both in banks

By Claes Bell ·
Friday, July 19, 2013
Posted: 5 pm ET

Wyoming is famed for its cowboy culture and natural beauty, and now also for really not liking escalators. The state only has two, according to a report by "Answer Girl" Megan Lee at the Casper Star Tribune, and they're both in banks.

First National in Casper has a working set of escalators, as does Hilltop National Bank, also in Casper.

Megan Garber at The Atlantic tried to get to the bottom of why that is, and it comes down to a question of practicality:

"There are code issues involved with escalators, which make them somewhat less popular," Mason noted. "The code does not want openings between adjacent floors that are unprotected." Say there's a fire: stairways offer people enclosed ways to escape buildings, while escalators generally don't. If you're an engineer thinking about the best ways to move people between floors, escalators often lose the contest. Plus, escalators tend to be more expensive to install and maintain than their counterparts.

Whereas "elevators," Mason said, "are pretty much foolproof."

It's not unusual for banks, though, to eschew practicality in the name of making an impression on account holders. Banks routinely blow big money on creating state-of-the-art branches, and if that means spending a little extra to have an architectural feature that's almost unheard of in the nation's least populous state, so be it.

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