[Letter from the Temple Railroad and Pioneer Museum to Rosa Walston Latimer - April 18, 1992]

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Letter from the Temple, Texas Railroad and Pioneer Museum to Rosa Walston Latimer, describing the history of the Temple Harvey House as well as listing names of known Temple Harvey Girls.

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[1] p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

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Railroad and Pioneer Museum April 18, 1992.

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This letter is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2014 and was provided by Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 16 times. More information about this letter can be viewed below.

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Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer

The Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer consists of original, hand-written letters and other correspondence from former Texas Harvey Girls (and their families) who worked in Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe Railroad in Texas.

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Letter from the Temple, Texas Railroad and Pioneer Museum to Rosa Walston Latimer, describing the history of the Temple Harvey House as well as listing names of known Temple Harvey Girls.

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[1] p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

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During the days of the steam engine, Texas was a significant link as the Santa Fe Railroad traveled across the country. Every 100 miles or so, passengers found food and service in a Harvey House. Originally established in Kansas in 1898 by Fred Harvey, an English immigrant, these gleaming restaurants were usually adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot. From Canadian to Kingsville, Harvey Houses provided food and service in refined, Fred Harvey fashion to train travelers as well as citizens of the community. The success of the Harvey Houses is primarily attributed to the waitresses, known as Harvey Girls. These girls came from the farms of the Midwest, the cities of the northeast, and many places between, to work in Texas. Often they helped develop communities along the railroad where there was little to attract businesses or residents.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2014

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  • April 18, 1992

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  • March 13, 2015, 12:16 p.m.

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Railroad and Pioneer Museum. [Letter from the Temple Railroad and Pioneer Museum to Rosa Walston Latimer - April 18, 1992], letter, April 18, 1992; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth599291/: accessed October 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer.