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The Early Days of the American Hot Dog

Boner Billy's Hot Dog Truck

One of the many Boner Billy’s Fine Foods & Merchandise delivery vehicles in the early days in San Francisco California.  Boner Billy’s est. 1849 started as a small trading post in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. The trading post was a favorite stopover for food and supplies as thousands of gold seekers headed to the California gold fields. Boner Billy’s known for it’s large tube steak on a bun is believed to be America’s first Hot Dog. The Big Boner as it was called due to it’s size and named after it’s inventor Boner Billy was very popular.  The Big Boner was a lifesaver to miners as it was two meals in one and when wrapped in paper stayed fresh for days. A saying was coined around the area at the time. “a nugget of gold and a Big Boner and the world was yours.”

See all the Boner Billy’s vehicles over time from food truck, race cars and even a plane.

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