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“Harvey Girls” Dee Clark, left, and Martha Johnsen. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Las Vegas Harvey Girls part of the ‘renaissance’

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Who knew the famous Harvey Girls, those “respectable young women” in black uniforms and white-starched pinafores who served the tourists eating at Harvey House restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway throughout the West during the first half of the last century, were spawned in Raton, New Mexico?

This photo shows an old building in Rhylolite, Nev., a ghost town located northeast of Death Valley National Park. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Ghost towns tell story of mining days in Old West

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. – The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.

Harold Simpson, top, a full-blooded Navajo tour guide, walks through the stark landscape of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Simpson stands in the middle of a controversy between tourism and preserving the land. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Monument Valley tourism spurs conflict

Remote Monument Valley pits Navajo elders concerned with preserving area’s spiritual significance against burgeoning tourism development

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