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By: Matt Hickman on July 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Coney Island hot dog stand in Bailey Colorado

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Coney Island Hot Dog Stand

The country’s preeminent work of wiener-and-bun architecture is also a giant misnomer as the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand is, in fact, located nowhere near Brooklyn’s famed boardwalk. The 18-ton, mustard-slathered structure in question can be found more than 1,800 miles away in the tiny Rocky Mountain community of Bailey, Colorado.

For a building designed to resemble a piece of bread-wrapped encased meat, the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand sure has gotten around. Built in 1966 in Denver as an architectural homage to the East Coast’s hot dog heavyweight, the building — long and narrow, it’s a proper 50s-style diner, really, just all dressed up with condiments — was moved to the sleepy mountain town of Aspen Park in 1970 where it was a popular roadside fixture along Highway 285. Threatened with demolition, the extra-large sausage relocated in 2006 to its current creek-side spot in Bailey. The biggest wiener in the Rockies changed hands, but not locations, again in 2011.