1947 Mt. Sopris Dinner Menu

At 12,965 feet (the menu says 12,863 but the estimates must have been revised), Mount Sopris is one of Colorado’s shorter mountains. I may be wrong, but I don’t think it was visible from any Rio Grande train.

Click image to download a 1.3-MB PDF of this menu.

The back of the menu mentions the village of Redstone, which is “almost in the shadow of Mt. Sopris.” However, it incorrectly says the village was “originally built as a private estate.” In fact, the town was built for coal miners as an example of “enlightened industrial paternalism.” It is true that the owner of the company built a huge mansion, Redstone Castle, near the town, but he also built 84 homes with electricity and indoor plumbing, a library, theater, school, and the then affordable Redstone Inn. Most of these features were rare for a mining town in 1898.

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