"Illinois Central, Monday morning rail... " We love being able to link Cool Culinaria's vintage menu art to music because it's all part of America's amazing history. City of New Orleans is a double win for us. Some say it is the best train story ever written and it is one of our all-time favorite tracks. And then... we have a lovely menu cover from the railroad itself.
Originally written by Steve Goodman around 1971, City of New Orleans was first a hit for Arlo Guthrie on his 1972 album Hobo's Lullaby and then Willie Nelson's version earned Goodman a posthumous Grammy in 1985. Here's our Illinois Central Beverage Menu from 1956 and its interior menu: simple and stylish like the song.
And here's Arlo Guthrie's gorgeous 1972 version: