Sunday, May 15, 2011

Give me a piece of that KFC!

I know everyone has been wondering lately whether or not the first KFC really was started in Utah? Well why is it Kentucky Fried Chicken then? Well McCall and I have been stumped for years so we decided to get to the bottom of this and headed off toward Corbin, KY (3 hours southeast of Louisville). And we decided to bring Lydia and Maple along for the ride.

It took us awhile, but we were very excited to finally enter Sanders cafe!

We were surprised to find that they had made the restaurant into a fast food restaurant and museum combo, except that there was no tour guide... bummer, which means my millions of burning questions had to wait.

Here is the original kitchen!

Naturally we had to try some of the food, where's Lydia?

Here we found a statue of the Colonel himself.

Another pic of the outside

Also in the museum were more statues, lots of pictures, a bedroom where they slept, and a cashier who said she didn't get out much...

Here is Lydia finishing up the ice chips

So we really didn't go to Corbin just for KFC's sake, we went for a mini-vacation (pics on that later to come). But I did find out some interesting things. This dining area we went to was first named Sanders Courts and Cafe, he was so successful that the governor gave Sanders the title of Kentucky Colonel. He expanded his restaurant and added a motel across the way. When he prepared his chicken in his first restaraunt it took him 30 minutes, he thought... no way too slow... so he started frying his famous chicken.

What's with Utah? Well he generally served travelers on their way to Florida, but when the new Freeway came in and bypassed his restaurant he sold his restaurant and traveled the U.S. to sell his chicken to restaurant owners. The first taker was a guy in Salt Lake and they opened up the first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.

Hope that satisfies everyones burning questions about KFC, see ya next time.


  1. hmm... that does clear up a lot of questions. AND... I think I knew the baby was going to be called Maple but then again, maybe not. So let me tell you I love that name.
    and can you just vaca in Houston??!

  2. I'm glad you decided to take Maple along for the ride. That could have presented problems. And also thanks for the history lesson. Now i can go impress people with my knowledge.

  3. First thing is Lydia is so so cute! I can't believe how much her hair has grown. I love the McCall eyes. That looked like a fun trip and a cute town. I love anything historic and learning for a vacation. Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip. Way to go Utah first KFC franchise.

  4. Your right Lydia's hair is growing in, she is adorable! Thanks for the help in understand where KFC came from- can't wait to see the rest of the pics!

  5. Maple huh?? is that just a pretend name or are you really deciding on that name? I am so happy to know that I now am informed of the history of KFC. Thank you.