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Fred Harvey

(1835-1901)

  • Began restaurant career at age 15, worked for railroad during Civil War
  • Persuaded Santa Fe Railway to let him open dining room in Topeka train depot in 1876
  • Created chain of Harvey House restaurants known for good food in a sophisticated setting
  • Waitresses were called “Harvey girls”

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