They Earned a Living on Their Feet
True West|November 2020
They Earned a Living on Their Feet
Women of grit and grace brought home cooking to their restaurants across the West.
SHERRY MONAHAN

In this 1880s photo, San Antonio’s famous “Chili Queens” serve chili con carne on the city’s Military Plaza. Women, mostly Hispanic, sold and served Mexican delicacies in open-air restaurants with communal tables from dawn to dusk on the city’s plazas from the 1860s to the 1930s.

– COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS –

There is a misconception about working women in the Wild West. Many hard-working women served while standing on their feet, and not their backs. Either single or widowed, they needed to earn a living, so many ran restaurants, cafes, boardinghouses or other businesses that provided food on the frontier. Some of them cooked their own meals, while others only managed their business.

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November 2020