Friday, 13 May 2016

Railway Paradise: How A Fine-Dining Empire Made The Southwest Palatable To Outsiders

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Near a dusty stretch of train track on the outskirts of Barstow, California, the imposing Casa del Desierto - or House of the Desert - stands silent, its arched colonnade emptied of the railroad passengers, restaurant diners, and overnight guests who once visited its elegant hotel.

The fa├žade no longer greets crowds of visitors, interrupting their journey for a respite at this cosmopolitan oasis. In fact, of around 100 Harvey House restaurants and hotels that were once scattered across this vast expanse of American desert, only a handful are still standing today.

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