George Mortimer Pullman 1831-1897

George Pullman died on October 19, 1897. To prevent disgruntled former employees from desecrating his grave at Graceland cemetery, his family took precautions by burying him at night in a lead-lined casket placed in an eight foot deep pit with the floors and walls lined with steel-reinforced concrete. The casket was then covered with asphalt, concrete and steel rails. A Corinthian column was then placed over the grave.