Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick

Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick

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Images Of America Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
 
Images Of America Chicagos Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
Copyright 1998, reprinted 2004

CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1.George M. Pullman
2.Industrial Buildings, Passenger Cars, and Marine Division
3.Residential Buildings
4.The People of Pullman
5.Hotel Florence
6.Greenstone Church
7.Market Hall, Casino, and Stables
8.Arcade, School Buildings and Railroad Depots
9.Historic Pullman Foundation,
25 Years of Preservation, 1973-1998
Town of Pullman Time Line
Map of Pullman
Selected Bibliography

INTRODUCTION
At the time the town of Pullman was begun in the early 1880s, the railroad industry in the United States had reached a very high level of importance. Due to the expansion and resulting demand for products related to the industry, George M. Pullman recognized the need to expand his car-building operations. When production at the Pullman factory commenced, the demand for more and better rail cars (passenger as well as freight) increased. This fact was in great part responsible for the growth rate experienced by the industry during the decade of the 1880s.
The town was constructed in the early 1880s by George M. Pullman as an expansion site for his railroad car-building operations, and to house the employees who would work there. The Calumet region offered both rail and water transportation facilities necessary for the operation of the business, and the decision to build there guaranteed Chicago's continuing role as the railroad center of the United States. The opening of the facilities also brought many persons to the area who were seeking employment, and the town became the focal point of the region's continued development and expansion. The town was annexed to the City of Chicago with the village of Hyde Park in 1889.
The town of Pullman has been called the first planned industrial community in the United States. From a planning perspective, then, the town served as a model for subsequent developments in which industry, housing, and public spaces were combined into a harmonious whole.
The Pullman Strike of 1894 also signaled a milestone-this time in the continuing development of the labor movement. The town served as a focal point for many of the actions surrounding this event.
George Pullman is most readily identified with the city of Chicago because of his decision to make the town of Pullman the site of the national headquarters of his railroad car-building operations. He was
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