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Bleepy  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 628)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 12:08 PM


Thank you for creating this WP. I had never heard of this topic before but found out LOTS as I progressed.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 12:36 PM

I'd heard the term in passing but didn't know anything - thought it was a chick flick movie or something.

REALLY enjoyed the WP - great job.

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 12:48 PM

I too enjoyed the WP and never heard or knew of the Harvet girls until. Can't believe it! Now I must do more research as I love that era....thanks for the puzzle and info!

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.4 - Posts: 6108)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 12:52 PM

Enjoyed the Wordpuzzle, Pat, even though I had never heard of the Harvey Girls! Thanks!


Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 1:21 PM

Never heard of them. Is it a local thing?

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 1:23 PM

Very good WP.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 2:25 PM

I enjoyed it a lot. I'd heard of them, but I guess I cannot say too much more till later.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 4:17 PM

This was truly the most surprising and informative WP I've ever taken.
My (American) wife expressed complete ignorance of the subject so I dont feel so bad.

Thanks again for a GREAT puzzle.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 4:22 PM

All new to me, too. Neato!

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 4:42 PM

New here

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 5:11 PM

It was a really great puzzle and evryone here is fantastic. This is going to be fun isn't it ?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 6:21 PM

Had to smile when I saw this title, Salzypat. This is a topic very familiar in my hometown. Never thought about doing a WP on it. Very nice job!

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 6:27 PM

That was really fun, Pat! I remember eating breakfast in a Fred Harvey restaurant in a Chicago train station on the way to summer camp in northern Minnesota way back in the mid 50s, and I think there were still traces of Fred Harvey in Chicago when I moved there in 1966.

Thank you.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 7:51 PM

That was super! Very interesting and informative. Thanks, Pat!

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2496)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 7:52 PM

It feels like I just had a history lesson. We have to be careful or a lot of things we take for granted now could be forgotten by the new generation. Save our past.
Great puzzle, Pat.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:02 PM

That was fun! I had never heard of them either, that's what's best about these word puzzles.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:03 PM

Love Judy Garland, love the movie & now the historical WP. Nice job, Pat

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (Won Academy Award for Best Song, 1946)

Do you hear that whistle down the line?
I figure that it's engine number forty-nine,
She's the only one that'll sound that way.
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe

See the ol' smoke risin' round the bend,
I reckon that she knows she's gonna meet a friend,
Folks around these parts get the time o' day
From the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe

Here she comes!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Hey, Jim! yuh better git the rig!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
She's got a list o' passengers that's pretty big
And they'll all want lifts to Brown's Hotel,
'Cause lots o' them been travelin' for quite a spell,
All the way from Phil-a-del-phi-ay,
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:05 PM

I had PM'd Pat about this one, and she thought I should share...

Ah, the nostalgia of the Harvey Girls. In my hometown in Texas, we had a Victorian Era brick two-story train depot (still there). It had a Harvey House Restaurant, and the Harvey Girls lived on the second floor. I think some of their stories are included in a history book about our town. Not sure why the town was picked to have the restaurant, but I guess there was a lot of train traffic back then. AT&SF went through there to Fort Worth (mainly transporting stock, I suspect) and went north to Oklahoma City and Chicago.
My grandfather was an engineer for the Santa Fe, and I spent trips as a child going to Oklahoma City on the train (I'm sure I rode free), but I didn't buy a meal on the train because it was too expensive. (My grandmother insisted that I carry a Hershey's chocolate bar and a can of Coke.)
One promise I made to myself was that when I grew up and got a job, I was going to ride the Santa Fe, sit in the dining car and enjoy a meal. I did! And I've never forgotten it!

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:11 PM

I'd never heard of the Harvey Girls either. I must be too young. I thought that they were a couple of sleuthing sisters.

My score reflects that lack of knowledge ... but I did get a kick out of discovering something new.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:13 PM

Um, well, since they were around over a hundred years ago, I doubt anyone here is old enough to remember...but it was a well-known place in my town.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 8:21 PM

I didn't know about the Harvey girls - but I sure know about Fred Harvey. In my stint as an ephemera dealer, I've sold viewbooks of national parks that he published, and series of postcards that bear advertising for his restaurants and inns. It was interesting to read the history of the Harvey girls after finishing the puzzle.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 9:13 PM

Thanks Pepper, that was interesting. I'm surprised more people haven't seen of the movie, The Harvey Girls, a great old musical. I must have been a fuddy-duddy, even as a child

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 10:46 PM

Thanks for all your kind words (including yours Clevercloggs)

I really thought maybe this would just be frustrating since not many would know about it. But I did put the name in the title so if you wanted to study up ahead you could. (that sounds better than Googling)

Pepperdoc, I loved your memories. Thank you for adding them to this thread.

The Harvey Girls is available through Netflix - the only place I could find it. It's a sweet, sappy musical with no sex and no bad language but lots of good music. Probably bore most people, but it's right up my alley.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Thu, 2nd Jul '09 10:55 PM

I had never heard of The Harvey Girls either, but I enjoyed your puzzle alot Pat. Thanks.

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