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Albuquerque in Bernalillo County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Harvey Girls / Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, 1869 - 1958

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
1. Harvey Girls Marker
Side A
Inscription.
[Side A:]
Harvey Girls
In 1883, the Fred Harvey Company hired women to serve in its diners and hotels along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Thousands of respectable, intelligent women were recruited from the Midwest and East Coast to come west. Known as Harvey Girls, many of these women stayed and became founding members of their adopted communities, forever changing the cultural landscape of the Wild West.

[Side B:]
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, 1869-1958
In 1902, the Fred Harvey Company hired Mary Colter as interior designer of the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque. She was an architect for the company when few women worked in the field. She designed many famous resorts and inns, including the hotel interiors of La Fonda in Santa Fe. In 1987, four of her buildings in Grand Canyon National Park were designated a National Historic Landmark.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway marker series.
 
Location. 35° 4.977′ N, 106° 38.892′ W. Marker is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in Bernalillo County. Marker is
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By Bill Kirchner
2. Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter Marker
Side B.
at the intersection of 1st Street SW and Gold Avenue SW, on the right when traveling north on 1st Street SW. Click for map. Marker is on the Southeast Corner of 1st Street and Gold Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Albuquerque NM 87102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albuquerque Electric Streetcar System (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Alvarado (within shouting distance of this marker); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away); La Doctora María Dolores Gonzáles (approx. 0.8 miles away); Graciela Olivárez (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dominguez y Escalante Expedition (approx. 1.4 miles away); Founding Women of Albuquerque (approx. 1.4 miles away); Casa de Armijo (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albuquerque.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. In 1901, Mary was contacted by the Fred Harvey Company and offered a job to decorate the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque. This was the start of her forty year career with the Fred Harvey Company, although she did not start working full-time for the company until 1910. (Submitted on August 8, 2011.) 

2. Mary J. Colter Properties at the Grand Canyon. Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter Buildings: Indian Watchtower at Desert View, Lookout Studio, Hopi House, and Hermit's
Harvey Girls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
3. Harvey Girls Marker
Rest at Grand Canyon National Park are all designated National Historic Landmarks. (Submitted on August 8, 2011.) 
 
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Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
4. Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter Marker
 
 
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