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Harvey Girls of the Winslow Harvey Houses

Harvey Girls of the Winslow Harvey Houses

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Contributed by Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

Fred Harvey saw a need for better food and service along the rails and in 1876 pioneered a chain of restaurants and inns known as Harvey Houses from Chicago to San Francisco. Experience soon demonstrated that women made better servers, and the ‘Harvey Girls’ were borne.

Newspaper ads read: “Wanted: Young women 18 to 30 years of age, of good moral character, attractive and intelligent, as waitresses in Harvey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe in the West.” Fred Harvey was one of the first to employ women in great numbers.

Winslow’s first Harvey House built in 1897 made a welcome haven for travelers, as the restored second Harvey House, the La Posada, does today. This exhibit offers a glimpse of both to showcase just where these Girls worked, pictures them in and out of uniform, and includes some interesting memorabilia.


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