University of Oregon Menu

For a couple of years now, I’ve hypothesized that Union Pacific had menus featuring colleges and universities for every state it served, and specifically for the University of Oregon, Oregon State College, and the University of Nevada at Reno. So I was pleased to find this 1951 breakfast menu featuring the University of Oregon on its cover.

Click image to download a 1.5-MB PDF of this menu.

The building shown on the cover, identified as Commerce Hall, has since been renamed Anstett Hall, while the building in the background, Education Hall, has been renamed Peterson Hall. The face of both buildings as shown in the picture has been covered by a new, much larger, building known as the Lillis Business Complex.

The breakfast menu is typical for the era–which means it is much more extensive than dining car breakfast menus of a decade later. It offers eleven plate breakfasts that come with the diner’s choice of a dozen kinds of cereal or another dozen kinds of fruit or juice. A la carte items include lamb chops, fish, corned beef hash, as well as the usual egg-and-meat combinations. Multiply prices by 9.5 to get today’s dollars.

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