If you've been to an In-N-Out Burger, even in Colorado, you've probably seen their signature crossed palm trees. We did some digging to find out why they do that...

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Why Do In-N-Outs Have Crossed Palm Trees?

Big Rob TSM
Big Rob TSM

When it was announced a few years back that California-based In-N-Out Burger was coming to Colorado, most were just excited about the deliciously fresh, never-frozen burgers, fresh sliced veggies, and those freshly cut french fries. Sorry for making you hungry, my bad. One thing I don't think anybody thought about was the signature In-N-Out crossed palm trees. Colorado temps can be pretty brutal in the winter, so the only way most of us see palm trees is by heading to In-N-Out's home state, California, or another warmer climate state. In-N-Out Burger was determined to make it work for their Colorado stores though.

Inspired by the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," In-N-Out founder, Harry Snyder, began using the crossed palm trees to symbolize his "treasures" in sort of an X marks the spot kind of thing. Not only did he use palm trees on cups and in the store's decorative design inside of the restaurants, but he also placed crossed palm trees, like an X, at most of the locations.

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When building the Colorado stores they went ahead and added the tropical weather trees in front of its Colorado locations, even though the cold Colorado weather would do its best to ruin their tradition. How did they plan ahead to battle the cold weather and keep the trees healthy? They have built-in heat at their bases as well as heat to the tree trunks through pipe heating cables. Pretty smart if you ask me. Here's how things looked on day one at Northern COlorado's very first In-N-Out Burger location!

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