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From the Texas Plains Trail

May 26th, 2015 Posted by History, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “From the Texas Plains Trail”

The unique nature of the Harvey House of Slaton allows it show up in places we’d never expect. Here’s an example from We are reposting it for you to see, but the original article can be found here.

Photo by Rick Vanderpool

Photo by Rick Vanderpool

During the heyday of the passenger railway system, train travel afforded a certain level of luxury and elegance now lost in today’s fast and furious modes of transportation. The comfort of rail travel, with its down-filled sleepers, white-linen dining cars, and drowsy, rhythmic staccato of steel wheels on tracks, made for pleasant and relaxing travel while surrounded by the creature comforts reminiscent of a fine hotel. But the train wasn’t the only purveyor of railroad luxury.

The Slaton Harvey House, a landmark Santa Fe railroad depot built in 1912 and located in the Plains Trail Region community of Slaton, offers an example of the services that once accompanied railroad travel. The Harvey House, part of a chain created by Scottish immigrant Fred Harvey in 1876, provided fine dining to passengers preparing to travel on the Santa Fe line, serviced courtesy of a bevy of hostesses known as the Harvey Girls. The two-story Mission Revival structure features concrete walls a foot thick and a parapet decorated with Santa Fe Railway symbols.

Today, the Slaton Harvey House has been restored to its former status as host to travelers, providing bed and breakfast service and archive to artifacts and memorabilia of the Slaton railroad heritage.

Look Around Lubbock: Slaton keeps Harvey House alive

May 26th, 2015 Posted by Local News, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Look Around Lubbock: Slaton keeps Harvey House alive”

Lubbock’s local Fox affiliate, FOX34, did a story on the Harvey House of Slaton recently. We repost it here, but if you click through to the original, you’ll see that it includes a video. We hope you enjoy it.

Brittany PriceYou could say the Harvey House helped put Slaton on the map when it was built on the Santa Fe Railway in 1912.

Though it has seen a lot of change over the years, the building maintains its historic charm.

The community has banded together, and over a 14 year process, the railroad depot spot is now a historic bed and breakfast.

Historian, Jolene Fondy, said locals and visitors can experience life in the Harvey House as it was in the 1920’s.

There are four rooms available for accommodations that include period-correct furniture and decor.

Fox 34’s Brittany Price gets a tour of the landmark. View the attached video (on original article) to see and learn more.