At one time travel in the west was not for the faint of heart. Lodging was scarce and good restaurants were hard to find. Seeing an opportunity for business, Mr Harvey decided he would provide good facilities for travelers. He is credited with starting the first restaurant chain in the United States by offering clean hotels and eating houses along major train routes in the west. Two of his hotels were located at the rim of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar. Bright Angel Lodge was designed by Mary Jane Coulter. I really enjoyed our time there and if I ever go to the canyon again. I want to plan enough in advance that we can stay at the lodge. It is so nice!!
Here are some of my photographs from the Harvey Museum Room at Bright Angel Lodge.
I always enjoy learning something new when I travel and I was very impressed by all I found out about Mr Harvey and his girls.