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The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West
The Harvey Girls Women Who Opened the West
Author: Lesley Poling-Kempes
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 reg...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781557784612
ISBN-10: 1557784612
Publication Date: 9/1991
Pages: 252
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Publisher: Paragon House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West on + 3352 more book reviews
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1880s to 1950s specialized American History which impinged on much else in the history of our West. This book is full of photos and memoirs (with the surrounding history of that era and anecdotes of famous people)from the Atchekin, Topeka and the Santa Fe hotel/restaurants The Harvey Houses. Really interesting to read.
chippygirl avatar reviewed The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West on + 31 more book reviews
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The beginning of the book is slow, but about chapter 3 it really picked up. Book is full of personal stories from the Harvey Girls. Photos are wonderful. If you have any interest in rail travel or womans history, you will enjoy this book.
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Bernie avatar reviewed The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West on
I read this in a weekend. Very interesting book about the Harvey Girls. They were waitress for Fred Harvey restaurants. Alot of them traveled from the east to the wild west.
hardtack avatar reviewed The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West on + 2552 more book reviews
I always wanted to know more about the Harvey restaurants and the people who worked in them. So I was glad to find this book posted here. While the history of the chain was often in chronological order, the personal reminiscences of the people who worked were often jumbled.

The thing I found most interesting was the contract between the Harvey chain chain and the Santa Fe railroad, in respect to what they were to do to support each other, was a simple handshake. It is amazing how well that worked.

I've often thought letting our extensive railroad system go to pot was one of the worst business decisions our country ever made. Just energy-wise, railroads are one of the most efficient transportation systems ever developed.
JK avatar reviewed The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West on + 139 more book reviews
A history of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, interspersed with fascinating first-person anecdotes from Harvey Girls, waitresses in Fred Harvey's Harvey Houses, which provided hotel and restaurant service along the line.


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