Drawing of a 1929 Packard for a future western painting
Color Copy on Photo-paper of origial oil Painting by Phil Anderson
Back in the twenties, the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe transportation company came together and started a motor car tour company called “Indian Detours”. This served a two fold purpose. It was given different promotional names, for one “Off the Beaten Path”. Reason one being extra money could be made for selling these tours to the rail passengers and also extra passenger activity for folks wanting adventure. The other reason being was to get people off the train and spend nights in the various Fred Harvey hotels in New Mexico and Arizona. Prior to this time, Folks would get off the train to eat and sleep as there weren’t any Pullman cars or dining cars. The Indian Detours provided a way to sell more rooms and meals again in the Harvey Houses.
The transportation company used large Cadillacs and the Packards shown here. The Packards proved more reliable so they dropped using Cadillacs. When I worked as the lead mechanic for the Hotel company, a CEO had found a 1929 Cadillac (an old Harvey Car) setting on the front porch of a guys home in Santa Fe New Mexico. He bought it and put it in a storage locker in Albuquerque and none of us people knew about it at the Grand Canyon. It was later brought to the Grand Canyon Public Garage to be stored the last couple years I worked there. That car looks very similar to my Packard drawing.