COLA Laguna Beach Menu

Today’s menu features Laguna Beach, a resort area in Orange County, California. The March, 1971 dinner menu inside is identical to the Mt. Hood and Zion Park menus.

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Google maps reveals that the beach in the photo is actually called Crescent Bay. While Crescent Bay is a part of the Laguna Beach community, the beach that is commonly called Laguna Beach is a long, straight beach a little to the southeast of Crescent Bay.

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COLA 1971 Zion Park Menu

While Union Pacific rails reached Yellowstone National Park, it had to share access to that park with the Northern Pacific and several other railroads. But UP was the only railroad to reach Zion and Bryce Canyon, and it built lodges in both parks as well as on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This menu from March, 1971, features Zion.

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The menu itself is identical to yesterday’s Mt. Hood menu. In addition to dinners, the menu offers bottles “for two” of California red or white wine for $1.25 a bottle–a little over $7 in today’s money.

COLA Mt. Hood Dinner Menu

Although this March, 1971 menu has the same cover photo as the 1970 lunch menu, the text accompanying it is slightly different (and is in a different font). The earlier one mentions the “Domeliner City of Portland and Streamliner Portland Rose” following the Columbia River north of Mt. Hood, while the later menu just says “Union Pacific passenger trains.” This is curious as both trains continued up to Amtrak in May, 1971.

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The menu is similar to yesterday’s City of Portland menu except that the table d’hôte entrées are grilled trout (instead of salmon), fried chicken (instead of roast turkey), and roast beef (instead of grilled ham).

COP Jackson Lake Menu

Jackson Lake, with Mt. Moran (sometimes misidentified as Grand Teton) in the background, appears on the cover of this July, 1970 dinner menu marked for the City of Portland. The colorful boats in the water add to the picture of this being a recreation area for more than just mountain climbers.

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The table d’hôte menu features broiled salmon, roast turkey, and grilled ham steak, all for just under $4 (close to $24 today). As usual, there is also the Union Pacific’s charcoal broiled sirloin steak dinner for $5.50 (close to $33 today). The other side of the menu also has three “dinner specialties”: chopped beef steak; clubhouse sandwich; and chef’s salad.

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COP-COD Menus from 1961

In 1959, Union Pacific combined the City of Portland with the City of Denver, which pushed the former’s travel time up to 42-3/4 hours, three hours more than the train required between Chicago and Portland when it was inaugurated in 1935 and two hours more than shortly before the trains were combined.

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This breakfast menu featuring a summer scene in Sun Valley, Idaho is dated June 1961 and is marked for both trains. The menu offers a choice of seven full meals ranging in price from $1.20 to $1.90 (about $10 to $15 today).

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COLA Mt. Hood Lunch Menu

Though this menu is dated January, 1970, while the Bryce and Las Vegas menus were dated May of the same year, the interior lunch menus are identical. This suggests that Union Pacific wasn’t changing its menu as frequently as it once did.

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The photo was taken from somewhere due west of Mt. Hood, probably near the town of Sandy, Oregon.

COLA Bryce Lunch Menu

This menu has a very different cover from yesterday’s. Yet the lunch menu inside is identical.

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You can still go horseback riding in Bryce Canyon. Though at least nine outfitters offer horseback riding in the area, only one has a concession to offer rides in Bryce, Zion, or the North Rim of Grand Canyon national parks. (The mule rides on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are a different concession.)

COLA Las Vegas Lunch Menu

This menu is dated 1970, but the automobiles in the image appear much older; the newest seems to be a 1961 Pontiac. The “Bingo” sign on the 1959 Las Vegas menu was replaced by the “Lucky” sign on the right side of this menu in 1961, so this photo probably dates from 1961. By comparison, the photo on the 1959 menu shows a 1957 Mercury. So though the menus are dated 11 years apart, the photos are only about four years apart.

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The 1970 menu includes nine entrées on the a la carte side and five on the full-meal side. Only one, a Spanish omelet, is on both sides: $1.75 (about $10.50 today) a la carte or $2.25 (about $13.50 today) with French fries, bread, dessert, and beverage. The a la carte side also has seven sandwiches that come with cole slaw or French fries and a beverage.

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UP Children’s Lunch Menu

Five years after yesterday’s dinner menu, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is still 40 cents. The most expensive meal is a hamburger, French fries, soup or juice, dessert, and beverage at $1.15, or about $7.50 today.

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The young cowboy in the pictures is shown playing with a toy pistol, which was common for young boys in those days. Today, even pretending to have a toy gun can get children sent home from school.