Q:

Why was Pullman, Illinois an unusual town?

A:

Pullman, Ill. was unique because it was a precursor to the modern planned community. The town was designed and built by George Pullman. The purpose of building from the ground up was to prevent common social issues of the era.

Know More

Full Answer

Unlike many wealthy businessmen of the late 19th century, Pullman believed that a town where jobs within a healthy environment and a higher-than-average standard of living were available would attract skilled workers and facilitate a contented population. The proximity to Chicago and railroad tracks was critical in the selection of the town's location.

Pullman, a railroad man, wanted to make sure that big cities would be easily accessible from his small town. Local raw materials were used to construct the buildings, which were built by Pullman's employees. Each home had a front yard and a backyard and was equipped with water, gas and plumbing. Rent included waste management and maintenance services. Parks and large green spaces were also incorporated into the design of the town.

Pullman's planning and ideas were a success. In 1896, at the Prague International Hygienic and Pharmaceutical Exposition, Pullman, Ill. was voted the most perfect town in the world. After almost being demolished before being saved by an organization that formed for the sole purpose of rescuing the town, Pullman rebounded and, in 2011, was listed among the best places in America.

Learn more in The Midwest

Related Questions

  • Q:

    When was Illinois founded?

    A:

    Illinois was admitted as a state to the United States on Dec. 3, 1818. Prior to achieving statehood, it was called the Illinois Territory, and it was founded Feb. 3, 1809. Upon its admission to the Union, Illinois became the 21st state.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What foods is Illinois famous for?

    A:

    Illinois is most famous for deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs. These foods all originated from Chicago, a city famous for its food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How did Illinois get its name?

    A:

    While most accounts agree that the state name "Illinois" comes from the tribe of Native Americans living there when the area was first explored by Europeans, exactly who brought the name into the English language is not clear. Folk etymologies have arisen to explain the name, although they do not necessarily align with the linguistic evidence.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are major landforms of Illinois?

    A:

    Landforms in Illinois include prominent lakes, including Lake Michigan, the Mississippi River, Shawnee Hills region and the American Corn Belt. Illinois contains primarily flat lands, making it ideal for large-scale agricultural production. With a relatively flat land surface, Illinois lacks undulating terrain and mountains found in other states, but contains numerous lakes, rivers and forests.

      Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore