There's a granite marker in Denver that honors the birthplace of the cheeseburger in Colorado.

According to the marker, the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In was Colorado's first drive-in and the place where Louis Ballast created the first cheeseburger.  There are stories of other places in the country that make this claim, but you can see from the marker that Mr. Ballast trademarked the cheeseburger on March 5, 1935.

The marker, resembling a tombstone, is located in the parking lot of Key Bank at 2776 North Speer Boulevard in Denver. To find it, take exit 212A off of I-25 and go two blocks on Speer. The marker is on the north side, behind some bushes in front of Key Bank.

Was this really the beginning of the cheeseburger?

It seems difficult to imagine nobody enjoying all the deliciousness of a hot, juicy cheeseburger before 1935. I mean, we had talking movies, flying airplanes, semi-automatic weapons, and automobiles, but nobody thought of making a sandwich out of a piece of meat with a slice of cheese?

But, who am I to argue with history.

[ROADSIDE AMERICA]