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

Las Vegas Harvey Girls part of the ‘renaissance’

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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?

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Chimney Rock is a significant landmark on the Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch, north of Santa Fe. (Courtesy of James Glover)

Terrific treks

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Although the nearby mountains are snowcapped and many of the higher-elevation hiking trails may be impassable without snowshoes, plenty of viable options remain for hikers who want to get out and enjoy the exercise and spectacular scenery.

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A torchlight parade down the mountain and fireworks help celebrate the holidays in Taos. (Courtesy of Taos Ski Valley)

Choose Taos

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Visitors who choose the winter months for a trip to Taos will enjoy a quieter vacation with fewer crowds than on summer days but still plenty of things to do – even off the ski slopes.

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