1951 University of Denver Menu

Union Pacific had menu covers for universities in every state that it served, including UC Berkeley, Kansas State College, Montana State University, University of Washington, and University of Wyoming. This one for the University of Denver is the only one of the series in my collection.


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Dated August, 1951, this particular menu was used on the Los Angeles Limited. The table d’hôte side offered sea bass, chicken fricassee, or roast sugar-cured ham with potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and beverage for $2.00 to $2.25 (about $15 to $16 today). These meals did not include an appetizer such as juice or soup, which were 20 to 45 cents extra.

Entrées on the a la carte side included “available fresh fish,” lamb chops, fried chicken, corned beef hash, baked beans, sirloin steak, and a variety of egg dishes. The steak, of course, was most expensive at $3 (about $22.50 today).

I’ve also included a paper-clipped flyer noting an early “chef’s special dinner” for $1.60 (about $12 today). This offered a choice of fish or ragout of lamb with noodles, potatoes, vegetable, bread, dessert, and beverage.


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