I actually worked for a company that had built its own company town with a company store. No, I didn't work at the plant that had the company town. I worked for over 17 years at the Butler, Pennsylvania plant, but Pullman did build a plant in Illinois, named. . . I bet you could never guess. . . Pullman, Illinois. In 1884, George Pullman completed the new facility and town just south of Chicago on 4000 acres of land.
I have been to another town that got its start as a company town and I just bet you all have heard of it. . . Hershey, Pennsylvania. Believe me, that town does smell like chocolate!!
I also attended the last few years of my public education at a new high school complex built on the south side of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. Here is a quote I found on Wikipedia.org "Founded in 1832 by John A. Roebling, who is known for the design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and for innovation in producing wire rope, the community was initially called "Germania", which was soon changed to "Sachsenburg" and eventually anglicized to Saxonburg." Perhaps you remember from my old blogs or from history that the first commercial radio station, KDKA, had its transmitter set up there. But the town that bears his name is Roebling, N.J. There was also a town named after a musical instrument, Steinway village, N.Y. Surely you have heard of Steinway pianos.
It is amazing, but a lot of towns and cities got their start as company towns. Remember Ernie Fords song: "Sixteen tons of number nine coal. . . I owe my soul, to the company store?" Now, you all have a great day, you hear?