WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
A FAVORITE FIRST
Profile America — Monday, July 27th. The origins of the humble hamburger are unclear, but a precursor traces back as far as the fifth century in Imperial Rome. There are several claimants for the distinction of serving the first recognizable, made in the USA hamburger. One of them was Oscar Weber Bilby of Oklahoma. He is supposed to have served the first burgers on this month in 1891. Some forms of ground or chopped beef had previously been served on or between slices of bread. But the bun is the capstone to the hamburger project, according to Bilby partisans. In 1995, the then-governor of Oklahoma issued a proclamation designating Tulsa as the birthplace of the true hamburger. The U.S. market for beef destined in good part for hamburgers, and not sausages or canning, is over $52.5 billion annually. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Roman recipe: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mjw/recipes/ethnic/historical/ant-rom-coll.html#3
Bilby, buns and Oklahoma proclamation: http://grubamericana.com/2012/08/16/americas-favorite-sandwich-the-hamburger/
Beef market/Product and services code 3116111: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31VS101&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau