Empire Builder Going to the Sun Menu

This 1943 menu has the same cover as the 1949 Oriental Limited menu that I posted a few weeks ago. Inside is very different with lower prices, advertisements for “victory bonds,” and a sticker proclaiming May 17-22 as “National Cotton Week.” While yesterday’s menu was from the New York Public Library, this one (along with its Oriental Limited mate) is from my own collection.

Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this menu.

Named for the mountain in the background of this photo, the Going to the Sun Highway was opened in 1934 leading to a huge increase in park visitation. Construction of the road was controversial as everyone knew it would only be open a few months of the year. At least one newspaper argued that the highway would be just a subsidy for the Great Northern, which was charging people $10 to $15 to carry their autos from the Twin Cities to the park. Of course, the eventual construction of U.S. 2 actually reduced the Great Northern’s passenger business.

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