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University of Minnesota Press
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In a prevailing atmosphere of optimism and excitement, workers broke ground for the transcontinental journey of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1870. Recalling a time when travelers were treated with geniality and respect, Dining Car to the Pacific is a tribute to the most unforgettable part of the rail journey westward—a meal in the dining car.

William A. McKenzie offers a lavishly illustrated and richly detailed account of hospitality on the NP—a service that many considered to be the best in the industry—drawing on sources ranging from railroad records of the 1860s to anecdotal accounts from the people who were there. In addition, McKenzie includes more than 150 authentic recipes used on the line, such as the Great Big Baked Potato, Washington Apple Pan Cake, and Northern Pacific Fruit Cake. Dining Car to the Pacific will be a treasured addition to the libraries not only of historians and cooks, but also of anyone with nostalgia for the dining car experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, About the Series
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Personal Observations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. A Trip in a Dining Car
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Eating on the Road
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 3. Building the Northern Pacific
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 4. Henry Villard and the Dining Cars
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 5. Across the Continent
  2. pp. 57-64
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  1. 6. Hazen Titus and the Great Big Baked Potato
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. 7. Waiters and Unions
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. 8. Dining Car Line to the Pacific
  2. pp. 91-104
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  1. 9. The End of the Dining Car Service
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 109-114
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  1. 10. Recipes
  2. pp. 115-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. Recipe Index
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 164-164
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