Laplatte, Nebraska: Hamburger RockEither it looks like a hamburger, or it marks an important site in hamburger history, or both. We're not really sure.
- 16743 Clay St., Laplatte, NE
- Drive south of Bellevue on US Hwy 75 until it becomes a surface road, then after another mile turn east onto E. Laplatte Rd (if you reach the river you've gone too far), and then right onto Clay St. Drive south one block. The rock is reportedly near this intersection (Clay St., Main St., and LaPlatte Rd) but you may want to ask around.
Visitor Tips and News About Hamburger Rock
Some years ago there was a rock in the shape of a hamburger which was next to a hamburger restaurant. Although I never made it out to see it, the rock was mentioned not only on this site but bike races/marathons were mentioned as starting/ending at the rock. So, I believe it did exist.
Upon trying to locate it myself, I found that the restaurant no longer exists and the site has no trespassing signs and is overgrown. So either it was taken along with the restaurant, or it is hidden among the overgrowth.[Sarah, 08/23/2008]
It's been some time, but I pulled in for a cola at a small hamburger stand and saw in the shrubbery a painted concrete form. It had a small plaque reading something like "HAMBURGER ROCK - site of the first hamburger served west of the Missouri" (or was it the Mississippi?) The paint was faded and the concrete form (~ 3' tall x 7' wide) could only be called a rough approximation of a hamburger shape. But the plaque was well made and there was obvious sincerity in the project. I almost fell down. It has remained one of my favorite roadside attractions, mostly due to it's obscurity and one-of-a-kind nature.[Carl Martin, 05/20/2001]