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The People of Pullman

Many, many people -- workers, residents, and travelers alike -- were touched by the Pullman phenomenon. This entire site is made possible by their contributions. Please help us in celebrating the people of Pullman through these anecdotal articles.

If you have photographs or memories that you would like to make a part of this site, please contact us.

The Pullman House History Project

The Pullman House History Project (PHHP) documents demographic information (former residents and photos) about each dwelling in the town of Pullman (between 103rd-115th streets in Chicago) that housed residents or had small businesses. It is using as primary source material city directories, phone books, and U.S. censuses (1900-1930). To view the information collected in the PHHP, use the links below:

Name Address Occupation

Enumeration districts of the Pullman area, courtesy of A Look at Cook.





Woodrow Wilson Eisenhart

Mr. Eisenhart worked for the Pullman Company for 40 years. He was interviewed by Frank Beberdick from December 17, 2001 to March 8, 2002.

Click here to read a transcript of their conversation.

The Famous Pullman Band

The world-famous Pullman Band was in existence from 1882 to at least 1928. At one time, the band played at concerts all over the country.

Click here to learn more about the Pullman Band.

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919

The great flu epidemic of 1918-1919 was a terrible disaster, almost unprecedented in world history, and yet it is topic overshadowed and masked by the tragedy of World War I.

Click here to learn more about Pullman and the Spanish Flu.

Indoor Baseball and Pullman

Indoor Baseball -- what we now call softball -- was closely tied to the Pullman Rowing Team. Its development as a sport gives us a good look at sporting activities in Pullman in the 19th century.

Click here to learn more about indoor baseball and Pullman.

The Pullman Militia

Like all civic-minded communities of the time, Pullman was founded with a militia. The militia lasted about 10 years before being absorbed into the National Guard.

Click here to learn more about our militia.

Politics in Pullman

19th century political life was an impassioned, exciting affair. Politics was an integral part of everyday life.

Click here to learn more about politics in Pullman.

Crime in Pullman

Of course, not all was perfect in Pullman. Crimes -- from robbery to murder -- were (and are) an unfortunate part of life.

Click here to learn more about crime in Pullman.

Click here to learn about Charles W. Angell, general secretary to the Pullman Company and embezzler.

Lest We Forget

A number of men who worked and lived in Pullman served in the wars of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Click here to read their stories.


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More Information About the People of Pullman

The People of Pullman

An Introduction

The Pullman House History Project

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Maps of Pullman

1897 Sanborn Map