Magazine article National Parks

A New Park for Chicago?

Magazine article National Parks

A New Park for Chicago?

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of Labor Day? It's not just a day off and an opportunity to get together with friends and family. The day has its roots in Chicago, with a strike at the Pullman Palace Car Company. The Pullman Strike of 1894 turned deadly when thousands of U.S. marshals and U.S. Army troops clashed with striking rail-car workers, angered by the loss of jobs and a cut in wages. When the strike was settled, Congress passed legislation creating a national Labor Day holiday.

This year, even after Labor Day has come and gone, there is reason to celebrate: In August, the Park Service joined with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to hold a public hearing on a proposal to establish the Pullman National Monument as Chicago's first national park. NPCA wholeheartedly endorses the plan to designate the site using the Antiquities Act, and staff in our Chicago offices have spent the last two years leading efforts to make it happen. …

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