Bryce 1935 Dinner Menu

Bryce Canyon is one of my favorite national parks because it has a seemingly unlimited range of incredible views. So it seems strange that, when Union Pacific decided to put a natural color photo of Bryce on the cover of its art nouveau menus, it would choose a photo taken from almost exactly the same view as the previous hand-colored photos (of which there were at least two taken at slightly different angles and with very different hand coloring).

Click image to download a 2.6-MB PDF of this menu.

This menu cover says it was printed in January, 1935, the same as yesterday’s Zion menu. There is no date on the inside or indication of which train the menu was used on.

Though it might not have been used on one of UP’s top trains, the menu is quite extensive. The table d’hôte side has eight different entrées: trout, calf’s sweetbreads, pork tenderloin, fried chicken, potted sirloin, omelet, lamb, and (printed in red so no one would miss it) Union Pacific de luxe sirloin steak. There are plenty of a la carte items as well. The most expensive meal is the de luxe steak at $1.75, about $31 today.

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