The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West

The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West

by Lesley Poling-Kempes


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The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569249260
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 07/28/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Lesley Poling-Kempes has written, produced, and directed many documentaries. She lives in New Mexico.

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