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History of the Hot Dog Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food having been mentioned in Homers Odyssey as far back as the 9th Century BC Fraunken-au-main Germany is traditionally credited with orginating the frankfurter However this claim is disputed by those who believe that the popular sausage-known as a dachshund or little-dog sausage-was created in the late 1600s by Johann Georghehner a butcher living in Coburg Germany Reportedly Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product In 1987 the city of Frankfurt celebrated the 500th birthday of the hot dog in that city Its said that the frankfurter was developed there in 1484 five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world However the people of Vienna Austria point to the term wiener 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 common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities The year 1893 was an important date in hot dog history In Chicago that year the Colombian Exposition brought hordes of visitors who consumed large quantities of sausages sold by vendors People liked this food that was easy to eat convenient and inexpensive In the same year sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks This tradition was begun by a St Louis bar owner Chris Von de Ahe who also owned the St Louis Browns major league baseball team Also in doubt is who first served the dachshund sausage with a roll One report says a German imigrant sold them along with milk rolls and sauerkraut from a push cart in New York City during the 1860s In 1871 Charles Feltman a German butcher opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business Todays hot dog
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