Los Angeles Limited 1929 Dinner Menu

Before Union Pacific had its wrap-around photo menus, it had photo menus such as this March, 1929 menu featuring Bryce Canyon National Monument. Someone must have forgotten to tell the printers that Bryce was made into a national park in 1928.

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The menu was for the Los Angeles Limited, which went near the park on its journey from Chicago to Los Angeles via Salt Lake City. Union Pacific inaugurated the train in 1905 as the Los Angeles version of the Overland Limited. The train was all Pullmans until about 1930, when the Depression led UP to add coaches. Still, it was the premiere train on the route until the 1936 introduction of the City of Los Angeles.

Surprisingly, for a first-class train, this menu seems to be entirely a la carte. It does say “for fish, special entrees, meats, etc., see special slip.” Though that slip is missing, it sounds like it just includes more entrees, not table d’hôte meals. The most expensive thing on the menu is a “single sirloin steak” for $1.50, a bit more than $20 today.

Half the menu is devoted to beverages, which in this prohibition year all should be non-alcoholic. They include both domestic and imported sarsaparilla, root beer, “cereal beverages,” which probably means low-alcohol beer, and orange and grape juice high balls, which–given no alcohol–probably means sodas.

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