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 »ion. 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.« less
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.
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.
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.
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.