Another Denver First THE CHEESEBURGER

Another Denver First THE CHEESEBURGER

Louis Ballast, owner of the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive Inn in Denver, Colorado, poses in front of his restaurant during the 1940s with "curb girls." Ballast acquired a trademark for "The Cheeseburger" on March 5, 1935

The end of the First World War brought prosperity as well as great social change, and America became the economic and political powerhouse of the world. Soldiers returned to a confident country, eager for jobs, family, and friends. Women had been granted the right to vote. College education was more common and could lead women to professional careers. America began to set the trends and tastes for world-wide popular culture and faced the first large "generation gap." The social freedoms that were now possible for America's young people separated them entirely from their Victorian-era parents. They dressed differently, had new forms of music and dancing, and exhibited a libertarian morality. [1]

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It was a competitive time when men were free to invent and create!

But in my humble opinion, the greatest leap forward happened in 1935 in Denver Colorado.

Meet Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. The proprietor of the very first Denver Drive-in and the true creator of the Cheeseburger.

Many have tried to nail down this title and claim but only this Denver Entrepreneur has a trademark and a marble memorial reaffirming this historical fact…(so there!)

Don't let anybody tell ya different...The Cheeseburger was invented in Denver.

In Fact...

Mr Ballast was awarded the cheeseburger trademark in 1935 and Americans became

instantly indebted. And the rest is history, delicious history.


The famous cheeseburger memorial.

Heading west of downtown Denver on Speer Blvd, just past Firth Court, near the Keybank at 2776 N Speer Blvd...

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It seems that I am not alone!!

Here's a map to some of Denver's best burgers!! ENJOY!!

Treasure Map of the Best Dener Burgers5280 Burger Bar

500 16th St #160

Unique burgers, craft beer & ice cream

Open until 10:00 PM


Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W 32nd Ave

Craft burgers & local beers

Open until 1:00 AM



1147 Broadway Street #101

Modern chain for burgers, beer & wine

Open until 10:00 PM


Ignite Kitchen + Cocktails

2124 Larimer St

Happening gastropub with a rooftop deck

Open until 10:00 PM


Sloan's Bar & Grill

5850 W 25th Ave

Cozy neighborhood gathering place

Open until 11:00 PM


Illegal Burger Writer Square

R12, 1512 Larimer St

Open until 9:00 PM


Park Burger Highlands

2643 W 32nd Ave

Casual hotspot for gourmet burgers

Open until 9:00 PM


Larkburger Denver - Downtown

1617 California St B

Quick stop for gourmet burgers & sides

Closing soon: 8:00 PM


Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

7450 B West 52nd Ave.

Open until 10:00 PM


Park Burger Rino

2615 Walnut St

Casual hotspot for gourmet burgers

Open until 12:00 AM


Hopdoddy Burger Bar

1747 Wynkoop St

Burger & draft-beer specialist

Open until 10:00 PM


Mile High Hamburger Mary's

1336 E 17th Ave

Quirky spot for burgers & cocktails

Open until 12:00 AM

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**Photos from the Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Dept.

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