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The Word Cheeseburger Was Copyrighted in Denver

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When we asked restaurant critic Bill Porter of the Denver Post about meat in Denver-- and iconic meat dishes, he shared this little known story about the word cheeseburger.

Supposedly, the word cheeseburger was copyrighted in 1935 by a guy named Louis Ballast, who ran the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver near Federal and Speer boulevards. I don't know that the place claimed they invented it, but I guess they did land rights to the name.

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