West Texas Town to be Featured in Documentary - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/2/03

West Texas Town to be Featured in Documentary

Slaton, a small town with an enormous history, and it all begins with a little train station on the edge of town known as the "Harvey House."

"There were about 5 big structures here over the years with Santa Fe now this is the only one left that's why it's so important to save it," says Tony Privett.

President of the Slaton Railroad Heritage Association, Tony Privett says the grand two story building is all that remains of what used to be a crowded train station and restaurant founded by Fred Harvey.

The Harvey House was a pioneer when it came to train travel. Back in the early 1900's passengers would stop here on the way to their destination, grab a bite to eat and be on their way. "They would place their orders ahead of time on the train and they would telegraph the orders ahead so the food would be ready when they got here," says Privett.

This interesting piece of Slaton's history is so astonishing, Botwas Productions of Fort Worth is making it the subject of their next documentary. "It's important I think to save these buildings because a chain restaurant in Dallas looks like a chain restaurant in Lubbock.This building is in Slaton Texas, and no where else so it's part of the history here. It's part of the character of these towns," says co-owner of Botwas Productions, Mark Nobles.

The crew will spend weeks filming the documentary, shooting every last detail and gathering rare interviews with people who experienced the Harvey house first-hand. One of those is Rose Farschon. At 88 years young, she's one of the few remaining Harvey House girls. In the 1930's she served train passengers home-cooked meals when they arrived here.

"We were prepared when they came in. They were allowed 20 minutes to eat and nobody went away hungry!" says Rose. Spending just three years in the house, Rose made many memories there. The most precious of all, meeting her husband, William, through a co-worker.

"He told me he had a date for me I said oh no you don't!" Despite her apprehension in going out with a total stranger, Rose and William finally were introduced. "I thought he was the most handsome man I ever saw," she says. And as they say the rest is history. They were married for an amazing 62 years.

It's stories like these and many others that will be told in the documentary about the little train station hidden away in Slaton Texas. But soon thousands will learn about it's unforgettable history. The documentary will include 5 other Harvey Houses in Texas.

The film is not yet finished, but it will be available to the public in the near future. NewsChannel 11 will let you know when it is released.

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