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What was Pullman town?

The model industrial town of Pullman, Illinois had its beginning on May 26, 1880, in the open prairie. It was essentially open prairie and marsh land linked to Chicago and the southern states by the Illinois Central Railroad and to the world by Lake Calumet's connection to Lake Michigan and the St. Lawrence River.

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In respect to this, what was unique about Pullman town?

The most unusual aspect of Pullman's business was the town he constructed for his workers, which he called Pullman . He began planning the town in 1879, and in 1880 he purchased 4,000 acres (1,620 hectares) adjacent to his factory and near Lake Calumet, some 14 miles (23 km) south of Chicago, for $800,000.

Beside above, what does a Pullman do? Just as all of his specially trained conductors were white, Pullman recruited only black men, many of them from the former slave states in the South, to work as porters. Their job was to lug baggage, shine shoes, set up and clean the sleeping berths and serve passengers.

Similarly one may ask, why was the town of Pullman built?

Beginnings. Historic Pullman was built in the 1880s by George Pullman as workers' housing for employees of his eponymous railroad car company, the Pullman Palace Car Company. He established behavioral standards that workers had to meet to live in the area and charged them rent.

How much was rent in Pullman history?

The Original Town of Pullman was completed in 1884. The average rent for three room apartments was $8.00 to $8.50. The rent for a five-room row house (with basement, bathroom, and water faucet on each of two floors) was $18.00 per month. Larger homes for professionals and company officers began at $25.00.

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