"Pullman Historic District" South Side Highlights Tip by sambarnett

South Side Highlights, Chicago: 4 reviews and 6 photos


The dream of railroad industrialist George M. Pullman came to reality in 1881 with the birth of Pullman, the archetypical industry town; a place where the American worker would live and work in a wholesome, healthful enviroment and Pullman himself would always see a 6% return on his investments. Most, but not all, residents worked for the Pullman company, which produced railroad cars.

   Things came to a head with the violent Strike of 1894. Pullman workers, led by Eugene Debs and the newly formed American Railway Union fought battles against hired thugs and scabs. President Cleveland sent in federal troops who arrested Debs and forced the strikers back to work.

 Declared a blighted area in 1960, Pullman today is a testament to community pride and civic action. Please visit my separate "Pullman, IL" page for more pictures of these beautiful row houses and information on resident-led wakling tours.

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  • Written Nov 10, 2002
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