List of company towns in the United States

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This is a list of company towns in the United States.

Towns listed in bold are still considered company towns today; other entries are former company towns. See the Category:Company towns in the United States for an unannotated list of articles.

Listed by state[edit]










  • Granite City, Illinois, built by St. Louis Stamping Company, a steel company known for its "Granite ware" in which cooking utensils were made to look like granite
  • Hegewisch, Chicago, founded by Adolph Hegewisch (President of the United States Rolling Stock Company) to emulate the company town of Pullman.
  • Pullman, Chicago, once an independent city within Illinois, owned by the Pullman Sleeping Car Co.
  • Naplate, built and formerly owned by the National Plate Glass Co.
  • Steger, Illinois, built and formerly owned by Steger and Sons Piano.




  • Barthell, built by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company in 1902.
  • Benham, built and formerly owned by International Harvester.
  • Blackey, built and formerly owned by Blackey Coal Company.
  • Blue Heron, ghost town built by Stearns Coal and Lumber Company.
  • David, built and formerly owned by Princess Elkhorn Coal Company.
  • Fleming-Neon, built and formerly owned by Elkhorn Coal Corporation.
  • Highsplint, built and formerly owned by High Splint Coal Company.
  • Jenkins, built and formerly owned by Consolidation Coal Company.
  • Lynch, built and formerly owned by U.S. Steel.
  • Seco, built and formerly owned by South Eastern Coal Company.
  • Stearns, built by Stearns Coal and Lumber Company.
  • Stone, built and formerly owned by Pond Creek Coal Company. It was also owned by Fordson Coal Company and Eastern Coal Company.
  • Thealka, built and formerly owned by North East Coal Company.
  • Van Lear, built and formerly owned by Consolidation Coal Company.
  • Wayland, built and formerly owned by Elk Horn Coal Company.
  • Wheelwright, built and formerly owned by Elk Horn Coal Company.





  • Alberta, Michigan, started by Henry Ford
  • Gwinn, Michigan, owned by Cleveland Cliffs Iron, nicknamed the "Model Town", because CCI intended its layout to be a model for all of their other company towns
  • Hermansville, Michigan, started by the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Company




  • Deering, Missouri, established by Deering Harvester Company or its successor International Harvester Company and later acquired by Wisconsin Lumber Company, which eventually ceased operations and divested it
  • Leadwood, Missouri, developed by St. Joe Lead
  • Trenton, Missouri, Ruskin College acquired all the businesses in the hopes of building a utopian society



New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]




Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, established by George McCurtry, President of Apollo Iron and Steel Company

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]







West Virginia[edit]




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