Frederick Henry Harvey

Birth: 1835


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.

As an innovative restaurateur and marketer, Fred Harvey is credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the United States. He was also a leader in promoting tourism in the American Southwest in the late 19th century. Fred Harvey and his employees 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. Despite the decline of passenger train patronage in the United States in the 20th century with the advent of the automobile, portions of the Fred Harvey Company have continued to operate since 1968 as part of a larger hospitality industry conglomerate.


Weigle, Marta (Spring 1989). "From Desert to Disney World: The Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company Display the Indian Southwest". Journal of Anthropological Research. 45 (1): 115-137

Fried, Stephen (2010). Appetite for America : how visionary businessman Fred Harvey built a railroad hospitality empire that civilized the Wild West (1st ed.). New York: Bantam Books. p. 544. ISBN 9780553804379.

Poling-Kempes, Lesley (1994). The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West. Marlowe & Company. ISBN 978-1-56924-926-0.

Books & Publications

Book Title Date
The Great Southwest (1919) The Great Southwest 1919
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