Dave Benjamin

The Jews Who Tamed The Wild West

Working for hospitality giant Fred Harvey, 19th-century immigrants Dave Benjamin and Harold Schweizer expanded travel and trade, while helping build Jewish institutions.
Staff Writer
08/02/2010 - 20:00

 Growing up in the east — the product of suburban shuls and summer camp — I didn’t hear a lot of stories about bubbies and zaydes on horseback herding cattle, or great uncles at rail depots fighting off dusty desperados in cowboy America.  

So I was deeply and pleasantly surprised to meet so many colorful and fascinating frontier Jews while researching the life of revolutionary businessman Fred Harvey. 

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