1953 Bear Lake Dinner Menu

Two months ago, I listed this as a missing menu, but I recently acquired a copy and decided to post it now before leaving Union Pacific items. As I noted then, the photograph is surprisingly similar to one on a 1958 menu, and they were almost certainly taken the same day. It seems puzzling that UP would put two such similar photos on menu covers, but it had done it before.


Click image to download a 1.7-MB PDF of this menu.

Like some other menus from 1952, this one devotes half the inside to a claim that UP diners provide “quality meals at budget prices.” The other side offers three plate dinners–spaghetti with meatballs, roast beef, and sirloin steak–and a few a la carte items. A cryptic code, “1E-1W DEN” doesn’t make it clear what train this menu was used on, but it probably was a secondary train rather than a streamliner.


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