Fred Harvey Company
The Santa Fe railroad was interested in Frederick Harvey’s plan in providing good food service to rail customers; in 1876 Harvey acquired the lunchroom at the Topeka depot. Service and food were dramatically improved, and both Harvey and the Santa Fe desired to see his operations expanded.
By the late-1880s, there was a Harvey establishment every one hundred miles along the Santa Fe line. At its peak, there were 84 Harvey Houses. Later, in 1968, Amfac (one of Hawai‘i’s ‘Big Five’ companies) bought the Fred Harvey Company.