Altoona is a medium-sized central Pennsylvania town that's said to be the birthplace of the Texas Weiner style hot dog. Other claims point to Patterson, New Jersey, and even New York state. And while similar in name, these "Texas" dogs are very different from one region to the next, in terms of sauce and especially the type of frank served.
Altoona has two remaining Texas Hot Dog stands that claim a legacy going back to 1918. I finally made it there a few weeks ago, if not to solve the mystery of the Texas Weiner family tree, at least check out these two stands that have managed to survive for 90-plus years.