University of Wyoming Dinner Menu

Members of the Wolverine Club enjoyed dinner on the Los Angeles Limited using this menu on January 5, 1951. The sandstone building on the cover was the University of Wyoming’s Liberal Arts Building, now the Arts and Sciences Building, and was designed by Wyoming architect William DuBois and constructed in 1936. The university had 3,500 students in 1951, since increased to 14,000.

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The menu offers sea bass, pork chops, or roast turkey on the table d’hôte side plus “available fresh fish,” lamb chops, fried chicken, corned beef hash, and sirloin steak on the a la carte side. The menu also encouraged people to enjoy a half bottle (“serves two”) of red or white California wine for 75 cents (about $7 in today’s money).

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At some point, an excited Wolverine posted one or more menus to a Michigan football fan who couldn’t make the trip. The envelope is postmarked Las Vegas, which the Los Angeles Limited passed through at 7:45 pm, so it is possible that the lunch menu featured yesterday and today’s dinner menu were both included. Note that the sender used a three-cent stamp, which proved insufficient, probably because of the extra weight of two menus, so the recipient had to pay three cents postage due.

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