"George Pullman's planned industrial community" Pullman by Dabs
Pullman Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 45 photos
Living as I do in a highly industrialized area, my mental image of an industrial town features smokestacks, foul smells and ugly machinery. Visit Pullman, George Pullman's planned industrial community, and you will see none of those things even if you had visited when the industry was still thriving.
Pullman was built between 1880 and 1885 to house the workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company which manufactured luxury passenger rail cars and was promoted as the world's most perfect town. Houses featured then rare conveniences such as plumbing, sewers and gas. The neighborhood was self sufficient with it's own bank, library, post office, church and hotel.
Life in Pullman was all fine and dandy until an economic depression hit in 1893. Workers who leased their houses from Pullman saw their wages being slashed but not their rent payments. Workers went on strike and Pullman fell into ruin.
George Pullman didn't actually live in Pullman, he lived over on the fashionable Prairie Avenue along with many of the other wealthy industrialists of that era.
The Pullman company no longer operates in this community, the last car came off the assembly line in 1981 but many of the structures from the original company town remain. Pullman received landmark status and thrives as a close knit community, . To preserve the historic element, there are rules in place on exterior renovations.
Pullman is about 12 miles south of Chicago's downtown and is easy to get to via public transportation, the Metra electric line has a station at 111th Street, a couple of blocks from the visitor center where your visit to Pullman should start.
You can do a self tour of Pullman but I would highly recommend going for one of the guided tours or better yet on one of the special weekends where they open up some of the homes and you can see the how the homes were adapted for modern living (not to mention getting decorating ideas for your own home!).
- In a nutshell:Easy daytrip from Chicago with a fascinating history
I think the tour guide said this was the plant manager's house, in any event it was an executive mansion. more travel advice
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