Frederick Henry Harvey (June 27, 1835 – February 9, 1901) was an entrepreneur who developed the Harvey House lunch rooms, restaurants, souvenir shops, and hotels, which served rail passengers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, the Kansas Pacific Railway, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.

He and the Santa Fe railroad were instrumental in promoting tourism in the American Southwest in the late 19th century. Fred Harvey and his “Harvey Girls” successfully brought new higher standards of both civility and dining to a region widely regarded in the era as “the Wild West.” He created a legacy which was continued by his sons and remained in the family until the death of a grandson in 1965.


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6"x9" color softcover


1985 expanded edition (1969)

About The Author

James D. Henderson

An informative biography of the man and the company, his Santa Fe railroad relations and his encouragement of the Southwest Indian crafts. This enlarged edition includes black & white photographs and illustration of Harvey Houses and Girls, china, hollowware, menus and recipes, as well as a listing of railroad-related facilities operated by the company and when. One of the best on this topic – all subsequent volumes have drawn from it in some manner! 6”x9” color softcover, 86 pages.


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