"The Perfect Town" Pullman by sambarnett
Pullman Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 45 photos
On the far, far south side of Chicago, the Pullman Historic District is one of the most beautiful and overlooked (at least by out of towners) sections of the city.
As well as its importance in American labor history and its stunning buildings, Pullman is a special place for me, as it was here that my Great-Great Uncles Hendrik and Jan Van Keppel first lived here when they emmigrated from the Netherlands in 1911
Railroad maginate George M. Pullman, believed a man's surrounds could greatly effect his production at work and created the model town of Pullman in 1880. It was the first planned industrial or "company" town and provided its workers and residents with convienences unheard of for working class families at the time. Many are taken for granted today: indoor plumbing, sewage and gas works. International recognized as the "world's most perfect town" the Pullman experiment met harsh reality during a national depression in 1893-94. Pullman, who saw his endevour not only as a way to raise the standard of living for his employees but to also see a steady profit return on his intial investments. Determined to always maintain that 6% return on investments he cut wages while refusing to reduce rent payments. A giant company strike ensued in 1894. The event saw US President Grover Cleveland send National Guard troops in to force workers back to their jobs. At the time of his death three years later, Pullman was buried in Graceland Cemetery (near the Wrigleyview neighborhood) under a chunk of concrete, meant to protect his corpse from being defiled by angry mobs.
Declared a blighted neighborhood and threatened with demolition in 1960, the remaining Pullman residents banded together and formed the Pullman Civic Organization (PCO). At a time when many residents abandon urban areas for sprawling suburbs, the PCO and well as the Historic Pullman Foundation (HPF) foudned in 1973, have brought Pullman from the brink of destruction to one of Chicago's most interesting and charming neighborhoods.
The ruins of Market Hall date from 1893. Built after the original building burnt down in 1892, the lower floor of the... more travel advice
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