This timeline combines the Harvey family and company in addition to notable moments in American history. Most dates listed for the houses are when they first opened.
Fred Harvey born in London, England.
Fred Harvey sails to America from England.
Partners with William Doyle to operate the Merchants Dining Saloon and Restaurant in St. Louis.
Marries first wife, Ann.
Marries Barbara Sarah "Sally" Mattas.
Daughter, Minnie, is born.
Fred Harvey opens first eating house in Topeka, Kansas; contracted with the Santa Fe Railway on a handshake
Son, Byron, is born.
Fred Harvey signs first formal contract with the Santa Fe Railway.
Railroad main line reaches Albuquerque.
Signs a formal contract to manage the AT&SF’s eating houses.
Fred Harvey beings to commission tourist jewelry, a lighter and smaller version of what had previously been offered, Navajo Lite.
The New Santa Fe Hotel, Belen, NM opens.
Sally Harvey dies at the age of 71.
America enters World War 1.
Route 66 established.
Ford Harvey dies from the flu at the age of 62.
Great Depression begins.
Desert View Indian Watchtower opens at the Grand Canyon.
Fred Harvey sells Indian Department collection items to Nelson Gallery.
Hitler comes into power in Germany
Bright Angel Lodge opens at the Grand Canyon.
Freddy Harvey and wife, Betty Drage, die in plane crash.
Harvey stops using the whirling logs or swastika design in jewelry.
Railroad travel increases.
US enters World War II.
Harvey Home in Leavenworth is donated to Cushing Memorial Hospital.
The Harvey Girls movie starring Judy Garland premieres.
Post WWII tourist industry revival.
Fred Harvey adds The Painted Desert Inn at the Petrified Forest to its houses. This re-design is Mary Colter's last Harvey project.
Bryon Harvey dies from colon cancer at the age of 78.
Mary Colter dies at the age of 89.
Fred Harvey operates Grand Canyon Caverns in Dinosaur City, Arizona.
Katherine "Kitty" Harvey Collection bequeathed to Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Fred Harvey Company merges with AMFAC.
Fred Harvey "Indian" Collection donated to Heard Museum--mainly curated by Herman Schweizer.
El Tovar celebrates 75th Anniversary.
Bright Angel Lodge celebrates 50th Anniversary.
Santa Fe Trail declared a National Historic Trail.
Restoration begins on La Posada.
AMFAC changes name to Xanterra.
Xanterra acquires Grand Canyon Railway.