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Harvey Houses of Texas
On the eve of the twentieth century, small-town Texas was still wild country lacking in the commodities and cultural centers of larger cities. This changed, however, with the arrival of the Santa Fe rail line, followed quickly by the Harvey House. Established in Kansas by English immigrant Fred Harvey, Harvey Houses could be found throughout the Southwest and adjoined local depots in sixteen Texas towns. Found in every corner of the state, Harvey Houses were not just restaurants and hotels for w
The young women who became Harvey Girls and pioneers of the West
The Harvey Girls were the true pioneers of the American West – thousands of young women aged 18 to 30 who worked six days a week at ground-breaking rail station diners that created dozens of small towns scattered 100 miles apart from each other in the Southwest and West
9th Street - Roma Wornall (3rd wife of John Wornall): "In 1866, I came to Kansas City to live. We lived for two years at 9th and Main Streets. Our grounds extended from Main to Walnut. We had two horses, a cow and chickens and a garden. Dr. Ridge's grounds were from Main to Walnut. He had a peach orchard on Main. His house fronted on Walnut. There was a fence between the two homes. 9th Street had not been opened."