LEAVENWORTH — Fred Harvey, an English immigrant who moved to Leavenworth in 1865, for decades has been recognized for his role in helping to civilize the American West.
This notable Kansan’s chain of Harvey House restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway are legendary, but for many years, his former residence at 624 Olive St. in Leavenworth was left to deteriorate. Rather than see the historic mansion razed, the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association agreed to purchase the building from the Leavenworth Board of Education for $1.
In the 16 years since, the museum association has slowly worked to restore the house so it can be opened to the public as the National Fred Harvey Museum. For now, would-be visitors can schedule tours, but officials say the project likely remains several years and about $500,000 away from completion.