Frisco Depot Museum

FRISCO DEPOT MUSEUM
307 North B Street
P.O. Box 577
Hugo, OK 74743
1-580-326-6630
friscodepot@live.com
www.friscodepot.org

HARVEY HOUSE RESTAURANT


Door to Harvey House Restaurant Fred Harvey came to this country from London at 16, went to work in restaurants from New York to New Orleans. Later, as a railroad employee he came to recognize how miserable trackside food and lodging usually were. In 1876, he opened his first Harvey House restaurant in the Topeka, Kan., depot and the first Harvey House lodging facility at Florence, Kan.

His idea was simple enough. The traveler deserved, and was willing to pay for, decent accommodations and good food, served in pleasant, spotlessly clean surroundings, on Irish linen with English china, crystal and silver, by well-trained and attractive personnel. He was right. Harvey died in 1901. But his organization carried on. In the 1950's, the Fred Harvey organization was the country's largest restaurant chain. At its peak it had 6,000 employees, 55 restaurants, and serviced as many as 100 dining cars.

The Hugo Frisco Depot Museum contains a restore Harvey House Restaurant. The restoration began in 1978 as the first step in the restoration of the entire depot. After completion, it was open and operated as a Harvey House Restaurant for several years by the Choctaw County Historical Society. Later two baggage room adjacent to the restaurant were refurbished as dining rooms and the entire complex is now leased as a full service restaurant.

Harvey House Restaurant & (modern) Harvey Girls

Harvey House Counter Restored Harvey House in use
Harvey House restoration in progress Original Harvey Girls Harvey Girl taking orders


 
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