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National Cheeseburger Day: How the cheeseburger was invented in Denver

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DENVER (KDVR) — If you find yourself craving a cheeseburger on National Cheeseburger Day, you might want to thank the denizens of Denver’s past.

That’s because the mouthwatering American staple was actually invented in the Mile High City. Or at least that’s the claim.

A stone plaque in front of 2776 Speer Blvd. claims that Louis E. Ballast invented the cheeseburger in that exact spot in 1935.

That address is now home to a bank, but back in the day, it was Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In.

  • Stone plaque reading, "On this site in 1935 Louis E. Ballast created the cheeseburger. His restaurant, the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, was Colorado's first drive-in and was commonly known as the barrel. The cheeseburger trademark was registered by Mr. Ballast on March 5, 1935. Dedicated March 5, 1987"

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Samantha Jarpe

2023-09-18 06:12:03

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