Eagle, Colorado

img_1602Eagle County Seat, Eagle Colorado incorporated in 1905 and home to about 6,500 people. I will start by saying I had many technical difficulties on this trip. Only three pictures turned out because I thought I knew how to manually focus. Anyway, Eagle is a cool town right off I-70, the first roundabout is home to the Eagle Diner.img_1614The Eagle Diner was packed! This place is awesome, I sat by the grill and saw many plates of good solid american fare. My double cheeseburger was cooked to perfection with loads of fresh condiments. I will stop here again.img_1601I went up to a lake and saw several hunters working the mountain while this buck strolled beneath them. I don’t know if anyone will even read this but my work schedule is changing so I am afraid burger entry’s will be more sporadic, but will continue until I have had a cheeseburger in every county.

Castle Rock, Colorado

img_1598Douglas County Seat, Castle Rock, is home to about 50,000 people. I have chosen a different angle for this post since I met with reporter Steve Staeger from Denver Channel 9 to share a burger and talk about my quest. First off I was very impressed with Steve who is professional and a regular guy at the same time. We met at the Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company, a beautiful restaurant and brewery. We were greeted by very professional and accommodating staff. I knew I wanted the signature “Double Rock” as soon as we sat down, but Steve kept asking questions while all I could really think about was getting to this awesome burger. After cutting thru all the small talk, and Steve was brought up to speed on proper burger selection, we both ordered a Double Rock. This thing is huge! Two hand pressed patties, multiple strips of bacon, cheese and three buns. This is the quintessential cheeseburger….. meat, cheese, bun. It does not get any better. Great burger and good company, really all that matters. Thanks to Steve and the great staff at the Rockyard for a awesome experience on this journey. I got 01:40 of fame, must mean I’ve got 13:20 coming. Yes, Steve ate the whole thing.img_1594Figured I better get a picture of the Courthouse so my Mom doesn’t make me go back.

Las Animas, Colorado

img_1565Bent County Seat, Las Animas is home to about 2,500 people. Incorporated in 1886 the town is located on the Arkansas River, west of the confluence of the Purgatory River. The city was named for some Conquistadors who died in the area without last rites. Las Animas means “The Souls” in Spanish.img_1566Majestic Courthouse, near the location of Colorado’s first legal hanging. Ninth Cavalry soldier Jimmy Miller.img_1571Kit Carson’s last residence. Kit Carson is cool and all but according to Wikipedia the most notable person from here is Nicholas Martinez, known as the coolest guy in town. img_1569Kit Carson’s current residence. I found one thrift store that had a great furniture collection but nothing up my alley, everyone, without question, sent me to the L.A. Cafe for my burger.img_1590L.A. Cafe, if you get run out of town you can always stop for a burger on the way. Located on the hiway on the western side of town.img_1589This place is hometown great! I didn’t have to look at a menu, went to the counter and asked for a kickass cheeseburger and was met with a “you want fries with that”. Sold. Had the fortune of visiting with the Cafe’s original owner who came in and asked for “the usual” I was so excited to find out his usual was what I was getting as well, a double cheeseburger. Hand pressed locally source meat patties, fresh condiments, buttered bun, perfectly seasoned fries. What can I say, this is the cheeseburger. I don’t know what happened but the incessant ringing in my good ear went away as I was leaving, not sure if it is a cure or a clog.