Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ruidoso Public Library, Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM
A new breed of courageous, intelligent, and hard-working women traveled west from the 1880’s as Harvey Girls, and then as Southwestern Detour Couriers from the 1920’s through the great depression. The railroads and the Fred Harvey system encouraged these young unmarried girls to head west to work for him, and become a part of the Southwestern landscape. The college-educated Detour Couriers, or Tour Guides, were a major part of the travel industry enlightening travelers about the history, and unique beauty of the entire southwest. Along with young men who drove the touring cars, and buses, these women took willing passengers off of the railroads and from the Fred Harvey Hotels to the ancient Indian Pueblos, National Parks (such as Bandelier, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Grand Canyon), and other places of interest. They were “walking-talking billboards” for the history, beauty and opportunities of the then little-known southwest. Grab your walking shoes, cameras, and a hat as we bump along the old dirt roads with VanAnn Moore to take a detour of the grand southwest!
Another Chautauqua in Roswell at 6 pm: The Mystery Apaches
presented by Sherry Robinson
Roswell Public Library Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm