The Remnants Of Jaite, An Old Preserved Company Town, Are Hiding In The Woods Near Cleveland

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:

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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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