March 30, 2010

Fred Harvey's Ghost Empire

RIde the Southwest Chief through some place like Las Vegas, New Mexico, and you see the empty building: one of many ghosts of a thriving Western restaurant empire.
For a long time Fred Harvey's name was synonymous in America with good food, efficient service and young women. Today, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone aware of the prominent role Harvey played in civilizing the West and raising America's dining standards. His is one of those household names now stashed somewhere up in the attic.

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