The war was still raging when this menu was used on February 20, 1945. The menu helpfully tells us that it was used on dining car 3690, which (according to Utah Rails was a heavyweight diner built by Pullman in 1923. Since we know menus for the Los Angeles Limited and other UP premier trains identified the name of the trains, this menu must have been used on a lesser train such as the Pacific Limited or Pony Express.
Click image to download a 2.5-MB PDF of this menu. Click here to download the same menu with an ad for a “Chef’s Special Salad Bowl” paper clipped in.
The front of the menu features Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, but the menu says nothing else about this lake. The back has a photo and 200-word description of Sun Valley, Union Pacific’s Idaho ski resort.
As it happens, I visited Rocky Mountain National Park just a month and a half ago, and hiked the trail from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake, stopping along the way to take the following photo of Dream Lake with Mt. Hallett in the background. The two photos were taken from slightly different spots but show pretty much the same scene.
The table d’hôte menu offers halibut, ox tongue, or omelet with diced ham with soup or juice, vegetable, whipped potatoes, bread, salad, dessert, and beverage for $1.10 to $1.20 (about $12 to $13 today). The a la carte side has “available fresh fish,” broiled lamb chops, a variety of egg dishes, six salads, three sandwiches (chicken, cheese, and tongue), and a limited number of desserts and beverages. The presence of beef tongue, but no other red meat, on both sides of the menu must reflect wartime rationing.