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Fred Harvey Exhibit under construction!

The Fred Harvey Company in many ways defined the American southwest-even though their businesses expand far beyond to as far east as Cleveland, Ohio, and as far west and north as the wine country of northern California. Our exhibit will show the progression of the Harvey Company from small clapboard railroad cafes like this one:


Fred Harvey lunch room. New Mexico–Deming. 1883









We’ll move forward into time with Harvey’s rather grand plans for the Grand Canyon with the rustic and elegant El Tovar Hotel:


El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House, and Navajo hogans, Grand Canyon village, south rim of the Grand Canyon










…Through the period of the elegant Fred Harvey rail-side hotels:


Rear (railway side) garden/lawn area of La Posada Hotel designed by May Coulter, 303 E. Second (east bound Route 66). April 2006.

Along the way you’ll also see the Harvey Company’s forays highway-based enterprises like this California restaurant:


California – Ontario Harvey House – Exterior

…All the way to the more interesting enterprises, like the Fred Harvey service at Ontario Motor Speedway(!)


Ontario Motor Speedway – Victory Circle Club

There will be more- lot’s more to see and learn about Fred Harvey. Meanwhile, consider this just a “taste” of what’s to come.


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