Harvey House (Florence, Kansas)

Harvey House (Florence, Kansas)
Harvey House Museum (2016)
Harvey House (Florence, Kansas) is located in Kansas
Harvey House (Florence, Kansas)
Location within the state of Kansas
Harvey House (Florence, Kansas) is located in the United States
Harvey House (Florence, Kansas)
Harvey House (Florence, Kansas) (the United States)
Location221 N Marion Street
Florence, Kansas, 66851
Coordinates38°14′24″N 96°55′41″W / 38.24000°N 96.92806°W / 38.24000; -96.92806
Restored1971 (museum)
NRHP reference No.73000763 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 14, 1973

Harvey House of Florence, Kansas, United States, also known under the older name of Clifton Hotel, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1973.


The current building is part of the first Fred Harvey House, of the Fred Harvey Company, which stood south of the Santa Fe railroad tracks until the early 20th century. The existing structure was the original part of the Clifton Hotel that was erected to serve passengers of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway as a permanent eating station and hotel for passengers. This Harvey House is notable, since it was the first one to provide sleeping facilities.[2][3][4][5][6] The Harvey House was built in 1876, closed in 1900, operations were transferred to Newton, currently it is a museum.


  • Feasting on Asphalt, 2006, season 1 episode 3 titled "High Plains Feaster", 7.5 minutes of video while Alton Brown visited the Spring Fling event and Harvey House in Florence.[7]

See also

Further reading

  • Appetite for America - How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West; Stephen Fried; Bantam Books; ISBN 978-0-553-80437-9; 544 pages; March 23, 2010.[8]
  • 1872-1972 Century Of Pride - Florence Centennial - Florence, Kansas; 1972.[9]
  • Florence 75th Anniversary edition (includes stories of the Fred Harvey hotel); Florence Bulletin; June 5, 1947.
  • Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Harvey House Intro
  3. ^ Harvey House History
  4. ^ Harvey House - Fred Harvey
  5. ^ Harvey House - Harvey Girls
  6. ^ Harvey House - Kansas Travel
  7. ^ Feasting on Asphalt s01e03 High Plains Feaster - 7.5 minutes in Florence; youtube.com
  8. ^ Appetite for America - Authors web site
  9. ^ Florence Centennial Book - Reprint

External links

Harvey House
  • Official Website
  • NRHP Application (0.4MB PDF)
  • NRHP Photos (1.0MB PDF)
  • Florence City Map, KDOT
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