While in the
Chicago area to
visit our son, we went to the Pullman National Monument. This
is a very new Monument (2015) and thus doesn't have a full visitor center or many
displays. In the fall of 2020 it will have a big, new visitor center and displays in the old Pullman Car manufacturing building.
The monument isn't just about the famous Pullman Luxury rail cars but is more about the planned community that was designed and built for the workers and their families. The planned community was a vast improvement over the bad living conditions in the area and thus attracted the best people available. Of course, it seems all things must have their turmoil and this was no exception. The monument will tell the story of George Pullman, his family, the town of
and of course the Pullman Palace Car Company. The current visitor center was
created and managed by a local group (The Historic Pullman Foundation) many years ago after saving the
town of Pullman
from demolition. It will continue to serve until the National Park Service has
had time to bring things up to their standard.
|Cabinet from George Pullman's home|
|Watch Tower in old Pullman Palace|
Car Company design and
manufacturing building. This will be
the new visitor center.