AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Iolanthe Woulff, iDr. Stanley Crawford, iMichael Thal, iDan Ronco, iAmy Sellers, iMel Hathorn, iMiller Caldwell, i

  Home > History > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Virginia Tolles

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· Messages
· 46 Titles
· 51 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Aug, 2006

Virginia Tolles, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
The Harlem Renaissance Way Down South
by Aberjhani

Is it possible to take a tour of New York City’s famed Harlem Renaissance way down in Savannah, Georgia? It is when you learn just how much of the celebrated Renaissance ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
It's All About Her: A Man-to-Man's Guide to Marital Bliss
by Jim Hamilton

Delivered in a straightforward, witty, and thought-provoking style, It’s All About Her is designed to spur actions and insights that work in the real world. Some of HER s..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Virginia Tolles

• Fourth of July
• From Walton's Mountain to Monticello - And Back Again
• Save the Harvey House Havasu in Seligman, Arizona
• Society's Deadly Game
• On Conformity and Mediocrity
• A Celebrity Encounter
• You Will Find What You Are Looking For
• Celebrating Our Religious and Cultural Differences
• Sites Along My Journey - Sedalia, Missouri
• Sites Along My Journey - Kansas City's Union Station
• Sites Along My Journey - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
• My Queen Elizabeth Roses
           >> View all

UPDATE: SAVE THE HARVEY HOUSE HAVASU
By Virginia Tolles   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Monday, April 07, 2008
Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008, BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY WILL TEAR DOWN THE HISTORIC HARVEY HOUSE HAVASU UNLESS DRASTIC MEASURES ARE TAKEN. READ ABOUT THE EFFORTS THAT ARE BEING MADE TO SAVE THIS HISTORIC HOTEL. IF YOU HAVE CONTACTS WITH THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY, WHO MAY BE ABLE TO HELP PREVENT THIS TRAGEDY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP! YOUR ACTION MAY WELL PRESERVE A PIECE OF AMERICANA.

In the days before dining and sleeping cars on long-distance trains, Fred Harvey of Atchison, Kansas, built railway hotels and dining rooms along the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, between Barstow, California, and Chicago, Illinois. These were grand structures, built to reflect the culture of the area where they were sited.

Cultured women were brought from "Back East" to serve as waitresses in the dining rooms of these Harvey Houses. Trained to provide quick service to travelers, these women were celebrated in the movie "Harvey Girls" (MGM, 1946). Today, these old railway hotels are being restored by their communities and used for museums, welcome centers, and even hotels and restaurants.

Last fall, Mr. Richard Friedman, an avid supporter and historian of the Harvey Houses, notified me of the current plight of the Harvey House Havasu in
Seligman, Arizona. The hotel was due to be demolished at that time; however, through our efforts, we managed to buy some time.

 

Yesterday, Mr. Jim McPherson, who is Arizona's representative to the National Trust for Historical Preservation, contacted me with an update. Since last fall, a local merchant has tried to purchase and move a portion of the hotel. His negotiations with the railroad have failed. Now, the railroad has renewed its plans to proceed with demolition.

 

Seligman is a depressed rural town of fewer than 1000 residents, many retired or on disability. Tourism is its lifeblood. As La Posada - another of the original Harvey Houses, which were built between Chicago and the West Coast - revived the town of Winslow, the Harvey House Havasu is potentially the hub of a booming economy for Seligman.

Saving the Havasu will make the most of Rte 66, on which the Havasu is located; Seligman's designated Historic Downtown, of which the Havasu is a prominent part; and the town's historic connection to the Santa Fe Railroad, for which Jesse Seligman was a financier.

Like Mr. McPherson and Mr. Friedman, I would like to see as much of this nation’s history preserved as possible. The inns established by Mr. Fred Harvey certainly fall into that category. Please do this small favor for Seligman; its impact could be invaluable to the town, the county, and the state, as well as for all Americans.

For more information about the Harvey House Havasu, see
http://seligmanharveyhouse.blogspot.com/
http://www.harveyhouses.net

 

 

 

Web Site: Tales Along the Way Home


Reader Reviews for "UPDATE: SAVE THE HARVEY HOUSE HAVASU"


Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/9/2008
Virginia, you've written an excellent case presenting reason why the Harvey House Havasu should not be torn down. There is so much to be learned and gained from old historical buildings that mark the legacy of lives out of the past. I hope it will be preserved.



The Spirit of America by John Rayburn

Stories to Recognize the History, Humor and Heritage of Our National Culture ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


The True History of the Monopoly Game by Burton Wolfe

This book tells the true story of how the Monopoly game was stolen from its originators, and that long-buried secret was discovered by the inventor of Anti-Monopoly. The book also ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.