UP 1949 Dude Ranch Dinner Menu

In the past year, I’ve only managed to add three new color, wrap-around photo menus to my collection. Two of them, including this one, aren’t even on my missing menus list. Although I call this the Dude Ranch menu, it wasn’t used at a dude ranch but merely shows one, in Jackson Hole, on the cover.

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

The menu was used on a “Dairy Industry Special Train” on October 31, 1949. Appropriate for the date, someone has stuck a Hallowe’en sticker showing a black cat and a jack-o-lantern on the inside opposite a Union Pacific logo that was also a sticker. The menu itself is a conventional unpriced table d’hôte dinner menu offering a choice of salmon, ham steak, or roast turkey. Dessert was a choice of peach cobbler (yum), chocolate sundae, figs and cream, or a cheese tray with toasted saltines (boring).

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