Saturday, August 15, 2009

Santa Fe Railroad Map - Fred Harvey Era ca 1929

Yesterday, August 14, a Friday, I left my friend Satpurkha's quiet abode in Overland Park KS at about 7:30 AM to make my trek and pilgrimage to revisit the life and times of Harry Chappelear and Inez Chase Glessner. I learned more about how train travel bridged the generations of the Glessners. From Union Station on Thursday, with its high vaulting ceiling, an epicenter of that grand era of the ribbons of steel to the smaller town of Newton, where a newer station sits, different from the photo Harry sent to Peg. This card, with the “X” on Dodge City KS, for me, is a great overview map of the extent of Fred Harvey's influence in the RR era, and fortunately for me, I got a tour of the modern station in Dodge City by a Mr Stinemetz, who is involved in a theater troupe and as a trained fire prevention specialist, knows the story of bringing the old building up to code for current insurance standards. Read on for yesterday’s adventures!

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