COP-COD Menus from 1961

In 1959, Union Pacific combined the City of Portland with the City of Denver, which pushed the former’s travel time up to 42-3/4 hours, three hours more than the train required between Chicago and Portland when it was inaugurated in 1935 and two hours more than shortly before the trains were combined.

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This breakfast menu featuring a summer scene in Sun Valley, Idaho is dated June 1961 and is marked for both trains. The menu offers a choice of seven full meals ranging in price from $1.20 to $1.90 (about $10 to $15 today).

Click image to download a 0.9-MB PDF of this menu.

On the other hand, here is a lunch menu that is also dated June, 1961 (and also features Sun Valley), but is marked only for the City of Portland. Due to the City of Denver‘s overnight schedule, lunch would not be served on that portion of the route, so the railroad could leave that name off of lunch menus.

The lunch menu has about a half a dozen sandwiches ranging from grilled cheese for 65 cents (about $5 today) to chicken for $1.10 (about $9 today). There are also five full meals, including Spanish omelet or spaghetti & meatballs for $1.60 (about $12.50 today); hot roast beef for $1.65; and fruit salad or combination seafood plate for $1.75 (about $13.50 today). The full meals come with dessert, beverage, and some sort of extra such as potatoes, soup, salad, or, in the case of the fruit salad, cottage cheese and finger sandwiches.

Neither of these menus are from my collection. Instead, I downloaded the individual pages from Myron Hayden’s Water Level web site and assembled them into PDFs. Though Hayden scans at only half the resolution that I scan mine, they look pretty good.

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