The Harvey Girls: Women who Opened the West

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Da Capo Press, 1994 - History - 320 pages
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From the 1880s to the 1950s, the Harvey Girls went west to work in Fred Harvey's restaurants along the Santa Fe railway. At a time when there were "no ladies west of Dodge City and no women west of Albuquerque," they came as waitresses, but many stayed and settled, founding the struggling cattle and mining towns that dotted the region. Interviews, historical research, and photographs help re-create the Harvey Girl experience. The accounts are personal, but laced with the history the women lived: the dust bowl, the depression, and anecdotes about some of the many famous people who ate at the restaurants--Teddy Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, Bob Hope, to name a few. The Harvey Girls was awarded the winner of the 1991 New Mexico PressWomen's ZIA award.
 

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A history of the women themselves, who moved far from home to be "waitresses" on the Santa Fe, with rules as strict as those you've heard about for 19th century teachers, but in the early 20th century. Read full review

Contents

THE OLD SANTA FE TRAIL
1
THE ATCHISON TOPEKA
11
FRED HARVEY AND THE SANTA
29
THE HARVEY GIRLS
48
LIFE ALONG THE MAIN LINE
89
LIFE IN THE GRAND HOTELS
147
DECLINE OF THE HARVEY GIRLS
182
CONCLUSION
209
NOTES
215
SELECTED
223
FRED HARVEY ESTABLISHMENTS
231
INDEX
245
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Lesley Poling-Kempes has written, produced, and directed many documentaries. She lives in New Mexico.

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