La Fonda Hotel
State Highway Officials Banquet
Santa Fe, New Mexico
November 14, 1934
La Fonda was built on the Plaza in Santa Fe in 1922 and was later acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The hotel was leased to the Fred Harvey Company, a leader in developing commercial cultural tourism in the Southwest. This dinner given for the American Association of State Highway Officials includes gulf shrimp, cream soup with hearts of palm, mountain trout, and Rocky Mountain antelope. Although some construction funds were diverted to work projects for the unemployed, the national road system continued to expand during the Great Depression.