This month, I'm going to shine the spotlight on the 10 stations in the state of Colorado which featured a Harvey House at their depots, and thereby also had Harvey Girls.
COLORADO's HARVEY GIRLS
However, many of them have been re-purposed into other useful buildings or businesses. Unfortunately, they were all along the train routes that ran from Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Or, so I thought!
Imagine my surprise when I was driving downtown in Colorado Springs and saw an older building that didn't fit with the rest of the buildings around it. My curiosity piqued, I crossed the road and pulled into the parking lot to investigate. What I discovered both thrilled and surprised me.
|Santa Fe Depot, Colorado Springs, CO
As it turns out, there WAS once a railroad station there, and the track ran right out front. At the time, that station (called the Santa Fe station, oddly enough) was the easternmost point of Colorado Springs. Years passed, and the city expanded. With that expansion came the shifting of the railroad route to another track, thereby ending the need for a restaurant at a station that had been shut down. Eventually, the station and buildings became offices and warehouses for storage, but I can just see that area during its heyday in my mind.
|Santa Fe Depot, Trinidad, CO
That's Colorado Springs.
Here are the other locations throughout the state:
|El Otero Hotel, La Junta, CO
- Cascade (eventually moved to Woodland Park)
- La Junta
- Palmer Lake
- Colorado Springs
The restaurants or lunchrooms operated at train platforms or inside hotels starting in 1879, with the most active time from 1895-1920. The last Colorado Harvey House, El Otero Hotel in La Junta, closed in 1948.
If you want to read a great blog post briefly summarizing the Harvey House restaurants and their impact on American history, check out The Restless Native.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Have you ever eaten at a Harvey House? If so, where?
* What little known gems exist where YOU live that many might not know exist?
* What did you like the most about today's post? What topics would you like to see covered in future posts?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments you have on the post below. Come back on the 9th of May for my next appearance.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an award-winning and best-selling author and speaker who is also an advocate for literacy as an educational consultant with Usborne Books. She loves to share life-changing products and ideas with others to help better their lives.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children and two dogs in Colorado. She has sold twenty (23) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook and GoodReads.