Great Northern Summer 1965 Condensed Timetables

I have two Great Northern condensed timetables for the summer of 1965, one that was “effective May 23-September 6” and one “effective August 22-October 31.” The only substantive difference I can find is that, on the earlier timetable, train number 20 from Minneapolis arrives in Duluth at 7:05 pm, while on the later timetable it arrives at 7:00 pm.


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Beyond this, there is another curious difference: the earlier timetable shows all schedules in both standard and daylight time. But many of the daylight columns are blank or mostly on the later timetable. Daylight times are completely missing from the Winnipeg Limited, Red River, and Dakotan schedules, and except for Superior, Wisconsin are missing from the Badger and Gopher schedules as well. Perhaps for lack of room, neither timetable has daylight savings times for the Havre-Great Falls route, but both have them for other trains.

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COP 1971 Mormon Temple Menu

Temple Square, which the Union Pacific notes is “usually of chief interest to the visitor in Salt Lake City,” features the Mormon Temple and Mormon Tabernacle. Considering that it was built in the 1860s, the Tabernacle is remarkable for its elliptical, timber-framed (meaning built with pegs, not nails) dome whose interior can seat 8,000 people.


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Although this menu has the same April, 1971 date as yesterday’s, the table d’hôte offerings are salmon, chicken, and beef, rather than trout, turkey, and veal. They also come with whipped, not baked, potatoes. The price of the salmon has increased by a nickel, to $3.95 (about $23 today), from the July, 1970, Jackson Lake menu, which offered salmon, turkey, or ham.

COP 1971 Grand Canyon Menu

This menu has a sublime photo of the Grand Canyon taken from the North Rim, where Union Pacific built Grand Canyon Lodge. The inside menu is identical to yesterday’s Disneyland menu.


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Although Grand Canyon Lodge was only 12 air miles from Santa Fe’s El Tovar Hotel, they were 212 miles highway miles apart. Both provide spectacular views, but Santa Fe’s directly overlooked the Colorado River while Grand Canyon Lodge was over a minor tributary known as Bright Angel Creek and Bright Angel Canyon. In the map below, the Union Pacific lodge is marked “A” while El Tovar is marked “B.”

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COP 1971 Disneyland Menu

This City of Portland menu from April, 1971, the last month the train would operate, features Cinderella’s Castle on the cover. Instead of the small drawing that is usually above the photo description, this menu features a photo of a Union Pacific “Route of the Domeliners” bus picking up passengers at the Disneyland Hotel to take them to the train station in Anaheim.


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The menu inside has a slightly different selection of table d’hôte entrées from those we have seen before: brook trout, roast turkey, and veal cutlet. The meals also come with baked potato instead of the whipped potatoes offered by a 1970 menu. Despite 4 percent annual inflation and the upgrade to a baked potato, the price of the roast turkey has dropped by a nickel from $3.80 to $3.75 (about $21.50 today). Most of the other prices were unchanged.

COLA Rocky Mountain Park Menu

Here is yet another April, 1971 menu whose interior is identical to the menus of the last few days. This one features on its cover Bear Lake and Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, which was created in 1915, four years before Grand Canyon.


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The trail circling Bear Lake, which is north of Longs Peak (see below), is considered the most visited trail in Rocky Mountain Park, so it is no surprise that there are many photos of the same location on line. While the Union Pacific photographer did a good job of mirroring the peak in the lake, the menu photo was taken at mid-day, while some of the best on-line photos are at sunrise.

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COLA San Juan Capistrano Menu

Today’s menu is dated April, 1971, the last month Union Pacific operated the City of Los Angeles, which was discontinued when Amtrak took over on May 1. Other than the date, the menu is identical to those posted the last three days.


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The cover shows the ruins of Mission San Juan Capistrano, which was founded in 1776 but destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. As shown in the Google satellite photo below, the area of the photo is largely unchanged today except that the ivy covering the ruins has been heavily trimmed back. The statue in the cover photo is of Father Junípero Serra, who founded this and eight other California missions.

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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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