Fred Harvey civilized the west with his “3000 Miles of Hospitality” that consisted of an extensive chain of Hotels, Shops, and Restaurants along the Santa Fe Railway, staffed by a professional, customer service army which included the famous Harvey Girls.
This site provides information on these different locations, whether they were an enormous and elegant hotel, or a corner news stand in a small depot. Since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, you will primarily find here a visual catalogue of the many outposts throughout the Fred Harvey empire.
Descriptions are provided to explain what is being seen, with helpful information such as: where it is located and which way you are facing. You will be looking at period postcards of the various stations, as well as modern views from the same locations.
You will enjoy a virtual tour while riding the rails with Fred Harvey, giving you the sense that you have actually been there. Or, if you wish to be adventurous and actually journey to the spot today, you will know how to navigate to it.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. You will not find another online Fred Harvey experience like it!
Building this site is like building the Santa Fe railroad: one tie and rail at a time. As with the AT&SF, there is no sense waiting until tracks are laid all the way to California before accepting passengers. “Pardon our mess, all aboard!” You may not yet get to visit the place you wanted, but eventually the track will be laid to it. Hopefully you will find something of interest to discover in the meantime.
The initial goal is to get a representative picture or two of each place on the state’s page, then to eventually have a separate gallery page for each location, and a map showing where it was.
See other partly completed states listed to the right
You are cordially invited to join us in an educational discussion on all aspects of Fred Harvey history.