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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pullman / Devil in the White City -- August 18



Forty-two OLLI members spent a beautiful day in Chicago touring several historic sites in the city.

The day included a visit to the Pullman State Historic Site, where we were escorted through the surviving portions of an industrial complex developed in the 1880s by George Pullman. The tycoon, whose company built luxury railroad passenger cars, designed the country's first planned industrial community to house workers employed by his factory. Pullman believed that superior living quarters in a setting far from urban problems would attract good employees and enhance productivity.

We also discovered the mystique of the Hyde Park neighborhood, home of sites associated with the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and described in Erik Larson's bestseller The Devil in the White City.

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