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City of Athens Department of Tourism

201 W. Corsicana Street, Suite 2

Athens, TX 75751


Athens—Home of the Original Hamburger

Did you know that Athens native “Uncle” Fletcher Davis introduced this wonderful new sandwich at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis? The sandwich was described as the classic greasy hamburger except that it was served with just-out-of-the-oven slices of home-baked bread rather than on a round bun. Athens folks were so intrigued that they raised a sum of money to send the sandwich virtuoso to the World’s Fair. Now, “Hamburger University”, the McDonald’s food chain research organization, has apparently worked hard on the history of the chain’s principal product. And Hamburger University’s conclusion is that an anonymous food vendor at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair was the first to introduce the sandwich to the public. Athens is also recognized by the Texas Legislature as being home of the original hamburger. 

Located southeast of Dallas and nestled among the rolling hills and piney wood forests of East Texas, Athens is home to some fabulous attractions not to mention quaint boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and lodging. Catch a fish at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center or stroll through the gardens at the East Texas Arboretum. Enjoy a sip of local Texas wine at Tara Vineyard and Winery, go scuba diving or visit the historical museum. The outdoors is the major draw for Athens with opportunities for fishing, hiking, bird watching, biking, boating and zip lining. Don’t forget to grab a delicious hamburger while you’re here.