Since SSGHS has employee records of the Pullman Car Company at 111th and Cottage Grove in Pullman, it was only fitting that our June 8 field trip was to Pullman. Although somewhat rainy, 20 members and friends joined for a walking tour by Sue, our guide from the Historic Pullman Foundation. Afterward, some of us stopped in at the Sessions House, where Pat of the Pullman House Project explained work being done by that organization. Many of us went on to visit the Pullman National Historic Park visitors center (the clock tower).
Our tour guide Sue spoke to our group in the Historic Pullman Foundation Exhibit Hall before we headed out.
We first saw the original Pullman Stables. See the horses’ heads on either side of the arched door.
The beautiful and majestic Greenstone Church:
Market Square burned many years ago. Read more about Market Square on the HPF website.
Our members used the north stairs to go up onto the porch of the historic Hotel Florence…
The front steps did not permit entry:
We exited through the south stairs. An accessible ramp has been added to access the south stairs.
Here’s a good view of a mural on the north side of the Historic Pullman Foundation Exhibit Hall:
After our HPF tour, some of us went to the Sessions House, where Pat Shymanski talked about the Pullman House Project.
Many of us went to the Pullman National Historical Park Visitors Center (the clock tower), which draws tourists from all over the world. Interactive displays and videos tell the story of George Pullman, his company, the town, and the Pullman Porters.
To find out more about the history of Pullman, click through the several links above, as well as this site on Pullman history.