The Remnants Of Jaite, An Old Preserved Company Town, Are Hiding In The Woods Near Cleveland
By Nikki Rhoades|Published August 18, 2020
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is — she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
To this day, the name Pullman makes historians cringe a little. Pullman founded its self-named company community in which workers were forced to live and work. While the houses were fairly comfortable, they were expensive, and workers were only allowed to rent, never to buy, their homes. What the company intended to be a utopia became a nightmare as jobs were slowly cut but rents were never lowered. Believe it or not, company towns were actually commonplace back in the day. There’s a company town near Cleveland that’s still largely standing, though the factory it fueled is long-gone. Life here was a little different than in dreary places like Pullman, Illinois. Check it out:
This old company town near Cleveland is a reminder that companies can make a difference in their communities. According to a blog post on the National Park Services website, the Jaite Mill was actually a pleasant place to work! Nonetheless, industrialization took over the world, and mills became a thing of the past. Fortunately for us, this history is preserved amidst the greenery of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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