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Near South Side in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

George Pullman

Industrialist
1831-1897

 

— Chicago Tribute —

 
George Pullman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
1. George Pullman Marker
Inscription.  George Pullman established his reputation in Chicago in 1859 by inventing a way to raise buildings to the new street level required for installation of a sewer system.

In 1863, he began converting railroad passenger cars into luxury sleeping vehicles, establishing the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867. For the next 25 years, the Pullman Company built, staffed and operated most of the sleeping cars on U.S. railroads. Pullman used his wealth to help rebuild Chicago after the 1871 fire, and to erect the Pullman building in downtown Chicago.

In 1880, Pullman built his headquarters and a town for his employees on 4,000 acres of land south of Chicago. The town of Pullman was to be a model of social organization and profitability.

Pullman's vision was shattered in 1894 following violent strikes by his employees and the railroad unions.

Pullman's peers censured him for refusing to deal with strikers during the work stoppage, and a subsequent government investigation revealed his unsympathetic treatment of employees. Pullman's labor troubles of 1893-1894 left him embittered until his death three years
George Pullman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
2. George Pullman Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor UnionsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Chicago Tribute series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. 41° 51.481′ N, 87° 37.242′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. It is in the Near South Side. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Prairie Avenue and East 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1729 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago IL 60616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John J. Glessner House (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Fort Dearborn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visionary (about 400 feet away); Henry B. Clarke House (about 500 feet away); Wheeler–Kohn House (approx. ¼ mile away); Second Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); American Book Company Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chess Records Office and Studio (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
George Pullman image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
3. George Pullman
Close-up of photo on marker
Pullman Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
4. Pullman Mansion
at 1729 South Prairie Avenue.
Close-up of photo on marker
Pullman Palace Car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
5. Pullman Palace Car
The Pullman Palace Car brought luxury and comfort to railroad travel.
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Jacking up Buildings image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
6. Jacking up Buildings
Hundreds of men and thousands of jackscrews were used to raise many downtown buildings as much as 10 feet.
Close-up of photo on marker
Prairie District Townhomes image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
7. Prairie District Townhomes
The corner of South Prairie Avenue and East 18th Street is now occupied by the Prairie District Townhomes
1729 South Prairie Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2012
8. 1729 South Prairie Avenue
1729 is now one of the Prairie District Townhomes.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 24, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on December 4, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 7, 2023