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Chicago West Pullman & Southern - Railroad

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Chicago West Pullman & Southern - Railroad
Company Name Chicago West Pullman & Southern
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1909
Final Year of Operation 1996
Termination Dissolved
Country United States (Details)
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Company History: Chicago West Pullman traces its history to the 1880’s and the growth of Chicago industry. Cyrus McCormick, having founded International Harvester, wanted to grow his business by also controlling his suppliers. High grade Steel was vital to the production of the “reaper”, Harvester’s primary product. As a part of that strategy, McCormick gained control of the predecessor of Wisconsin Steel, located in South Chicago. The Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railroad was founded by McCormick, to transport steel between Wisconsin Steel and Harvester’s plants. Any remaining steel production was sold to McCormick’s good friend, George Pullman, who ran the huge Pullman Works on Chicago’s South Side. A reliable and controllable Railroad was needed to economically provide timely deliveries, so the Chicago West Pullman and Southern Railroad was born and built to serve these two 19th century giants.

Brief History:
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Item created by: scottakoltz on 2019-05-17 11:44:07

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