1925 Summer Tours

Although the curiously named Chicago, Union Pacific and North Western Line tour company had been offering escorted tours since 1901, this is one of the earliest Summer Tour guides that I’ve seen. The beautiful front cover shows Old Faithful while the equally striking back–which someone has turned into a poster–shows Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Click image to download an 18.9-MB PDF of this 32-page booklet.

Inside, most of the guide is dedicated to a trip called “Two National Parks in Two Weeks.” With all meals, a lower berth on overnight trains, and stays at Yellowstone Park hotels (as opposed to camps), this tour cost $217, or about $3,000 in today’s money. The unfolding center map shows the two parks in some detail, with a smaller map of the UP/C&NW line to the parks but only some other UP/C&NW routes.

Back cover.

There are also five pages of “extensions and side trips,” including Colorado Springs, Utah Parks, and California “with option of extension to Hawaii.” The booklet notes that separate booklets were available called “Tours of Utah’s Wonderland,” “Rocky Mountain Tours in Colorado,” and “Tours of California.”

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