Oriental Limited Menu

While the streamlined Empire Builder began using menus featuring Charlie Russell paintings, the Oriental Limited inherited the Empire Builder‘s Glacier Park menus. This dinner menu from 1949 features bear grass and the Going to the Sun Road on the cover.

Click image to download a 1.6-MB PDF of this menu.

Prices have gone up since 1941. A table d’hôte meal of fish, chicken pie, lamb chops, or roast pork is $2.25 on this menu (about $22 today), up from $1.25 in 1941 (about $20 today). The a la carte side no longer features sirloin or tenderloin steaks, but does offer two lamb chops for $1.10 (about $11 today), compared with 30 cents (under $5) for one in 1941.

Click image to download a 0.5-MB PDF of the front and back of this envelope.

One reason why so many GN menus survive, relative to NP menus, may be that the railroad encouraged patrons to take the menus and mail them to friends, even including a space on the back to write messages and a handy envelope for mailing. Above is an envelope specially marked for the Oriental Limited.

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