Because the information on this famous elevator is hard to find, I thought I'd gather it all here.
From Creighton's campus map & interactive guide.
"Creighton Hall was the first campus building constructed in 1877. Many departments reside here including the Presidents Office. Today 36 Jesuits live in the top floor of Creighton Hall, which students can only see if personally invited by a Jesuit. To get to the Jesuit residences in Creighton Hall you must have a key, which only the Jesuits have, to open and operate the Golden Elevator, the elevator which goes to the top floor."
On page 7 of this article:
"Recently a student giving a tour to prospective families made the statement, “The ‘golden elevator’ in Creighton Hall is the oldest working elevator west of the Missouri River.” While the elevator to the Jesuit Quarters in Creighton Hall is probably one of the oldest working passenger elevators west of the Missouri River, this claim is probably not factual. One consideration is the many industrial/mining elevators still in service that may be older. Even though the student’s claim cannot be proven, there are many stories that have circulated over the years regarding the Jesuit Elevator. One of those was reported in The Creightonian on November 4, 1983. It seems that three administrators were trapped between the third and fourth floor for 35 minutes on October 19, 1983. They were rescued by an O’Keefe repairman after a passerby heard their cries for help and called campus-security. The elevator did not have a key to open it, as most do, and had to be hand-cranked to the closest floor so the men could crawl out. To make matters worse, the alarm on the elevator was not working. According to one of our building engineers who has been employed at CU for many years, being trapped in the Jesuit Elevator was not uncommon. There have even been rumors of the elevator being haunted, which of course has never been confirmed. "
In case you found this post first, here's my attempt to ride it: