Then and Now, 115th-Michigan

1895–115th Street @ Michigan Avenue, view east

2017–the same location

In 1880 George Pullman began building railroad sleeper cars in a plant at 111th Street and Cottage Grove  Avenue.  By 1895 an independent settlement had developed to the west, partially populated by Pullman workers who didn’t want to live in the boss’s company town.  Michigan Avenue, running along the top of a glacial ridge, was the main business thoroughfare.

The Pullman company’s car-building business went into a long decline before finally closing during the 1980s.  Meanwhile, the surrounding area went into a similar decline.  Now the designation of the Pullman National Historic Park has brought hope of revitalization.



1 Response to “Then and Now, 115th-Michigan”

  1. 1 Laurell Womack April 3, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Very interesting, and helpful. Do you have any information about the 115th and Watkins Ave. In Chicago IL. Not sure if that was part of Blue Island back in the 1950’s. I Was told a large home used to sit on this corner before the current home was built and just when the expressway was put in. Would love to see some pics. Thank you

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