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Where Did the Hot Dog Begin?

Source: The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food, having been mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as far back as the 9th Century B.C.

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany is traditionally credited with originating the frankfurter.

However, this claim is disputed by those who assert that the popular sausage – known as a “dachshund” or “little dog” sausage – was created in the late 1600’x by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Germany. According to this report, Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product.

It’s said that the frankfurter was developed there in 1487, five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world. The people of Vienna, Austria point to the term “weiner” to prove their claim as the birthplace of the hot dog.

As it turns out, it is likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities.

Also in doubt, is who first served the dachshund sausage with a roll. One report says a German immigrant sold them, along with milk rolls and sauerkraut, from a push cart in New York City’s Bowery during the 1860’s.

In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German baker opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during the first year in business.

Now that you know the history of the hot dog, visit DogTown in People's Plaza to enjoy our Custom Hot Dogs.

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