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The Harvey girls : women who opened the West

Author: Lesley Poling-Kempes
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, [1994]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lesley Poling-Kempes
ISBN: 1569249261 9781569249260
OCLC Number: 709559721
Notes: Originally published: New York : Paragon House, 1989.
Description: xviii, 252 pages, 46 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The old Santa Fe Trail --
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway --
Fred Harvey and the and Santa Fe Railway --
The Harvey girls --
Life along the main line --
Life in the grand hotels --
Decline of the Harvey girls --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Appendix A: Primary sources --
Appendix B: Fred Harvey establishments --
Appendix C: Fred Harvey menus and brochures --
Index.
Responsibility: Lesley Poling-Kempes.

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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"--Page 4 of cover.

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