Harvey House Luncheon & Tour
Who is Fred Harvey?

At the age of 15, Fred Harvey, an Englishman, immigrated to America. He had many occupations, one of which was an agent for the Burlington Railroad. As he traveled on the train, we became very disgusted with the way meals were served. In the spring of 1876, Fred Harvey took over the restaurant at the Santa Fe depot in Topeka. Preferring the term Harvey Girl to waitress, Fred Harvey recruited single women to work at Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe Railroad line from Kansas to California. Between the 1880’s and the 1950’s more than 100,000 women, many Kansans, proudly wore the black-and-white-uniform of the Harvey Company.

Discover how the "Old West was civilized"!

Private Harvey House Luncheons and Station Tours can be scheduled Tuesday - Friday for a minimum of 25 people. Groups of less than 25 people are encouraged to make reservations for one of our Community Harvey House Luncheons open to the public. Reservations are required for all Harvey House Luncheons.

These uniquely elegant luncheons are served by our very own costumed Harvey Girls who enjoy sharing their knowledge of the historical Harvey Houses. Following lunch, a costumed docent gives a guided tour of the Great Overland Station. 

Pricing and Scheduling

Harvey House Luncheons are $23.50 per person. A minimum of 25 people required. Cost includes lunch and tour of the Station.


Luncheons can only be scheduled Tuesday - Friday between the hours of 11:00am - 2:30pm. Please allow 2 hours for lunch and tour.

Contact us to make a reservation at 785-232-5533.

Because Railroad Heritage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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701 N Kansas Ave, PO Box 8792, Topeka, KS 66608     •    Phone (785) 232-5533 Fax (785) 232-6259    •    Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

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