Glenwood Springs, Colorado

img_1538Garfield County Seat, Glenwood Springs, was incorporated in 1885 and is home to about 10,000 happy people. Originally known as Defiance, the town is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. The wife of town founder Isaac Cooper convinced the residents to change the name to that of her hometown of Glenwood, Iowa.img_1528Large Courthouse compleximg_1530Gunfighter, gambler and dentist Doc Holliday died here Nov. 8 1887 and is buried in the town’s Pioneer Cemetery.img_1559I took a drive up the awesome Frying Pan River Road for great scenery and several random squash marking the way. I received a different suggestion from each person I spoke with about my burger option’s. An indication of how great this town is. I chose the Colorado Ranch House, located at the base of the bridge.img_1548Colorado Ranch House, unassuming yet very inviting.img_1550I was greeted warmly and quickly. I ordered the CoRH signature burger with the house made chips. I have come to expect fairly pedestrian burgers on this quest and love it when I am blown out of the water! ¬†Fresh hand pressed Colorado beef, bacon, caramelized onions, cheese, fresh produce, awesome bun and a sauce that is the best burger sauce I have ever had. OK, I am not going to go on and on but usually caramelized onions, aren’t, meat ordered medium rare, isn’t and special sauce aint so special. Not true at the Colorado Ranch House, Great Burger, Awesome Staff, can’t wait to come back.

Brighton, Colorado

img_1502Adams County Seat, Brighton was named for Brighton Beach New York. It is home to about 35,000 people. A couple of big manufacturing plants here, one making windmill blades and one making nacelles, which I thought were engine housings but must have something to do with wind turbines.img_1512Probably not the County Courthouse but all I could find. Brighton is actually in Weld and Adams County.img_1506Sugar beets was the thing back in the day. Word on the street is Lyle Alzado (former NFL Bronco and Raider) was in a B horror film “Destroyer” partly filmed in this shuttered sugar plant. The town is pretty spread out but I was told the best burgers were just past the sugar plant at Big Daddy’simg_1508Big Daddy’s in all its glory.img_1514Biggest around is their slogan and it can be taken a couple different ways. Picture does not do justice but this thing is big. I got the namesake burger and loved it! fresh beef with all standard condiments was good, but this homemade bun set the burger apart. I cant wait to come back.

Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

img_1485Cheyenne County Seat, Cheyenne Wells is home to less than a thousand people. Incorporated in 1890 the town is actually named after water well’s the Cheyenne Indians used to use in the area.img_1488Nice courthouse on the main drag.img_1500I found one thrift store and gave a quarter for this game of skill. I talked to a few people and was given two choices for a burger in town. I chose the Alleyway.img_1491Alleyway Cafe on the main street.img_1489I arrived at 11am upon opening and I was not the first person so that was a good sign. I ordered the deluxe cheeseburger with fries. The server and the rest of the staff were very friendly and made me feel right at home. Hand pressed Nebraska beef, loaded with fresh condiments, this burger was exactly like a basic cheeseburger should be.