Empire Builder Glacier Park Menu

The Winold Reiss Indian menus in my collection, as well as any others I’ve seen, all seem to be for breakfast or lunch. At least from 1940 through 1947, when the streamlined Empire Builder was introduced, Great Northern dinner menus instead featured four-color photos of Glacier National Park. This 1941 menu has Little Chief Mountain and St. Mary Lake, with the park’s distinctive red jammers driving up and down the Going to the Sun Highway.

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This menu offers three versions of “plate dinners” for 50 cents, 75 cents, and $1.25 (about $8, $12, and $20 today). Passengers had a choice of eight different entrĂ©es, including broiled or fried fish, ham, dinner steak, and roast chicken (all for $1.25); or broiled or fried fish, Spanish steak, shredded chicken ala king, or ham (all for 50 cents or 75 cents depending on the number of side dishes the patron wanted). The a la carte menu included eight entrĂ©es as well as five “specials” which for 50 cents included bread and beverage plus a choice of fish, chicken pot pie, lamb chop, or cold meat platter.

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