That fast food restaurant that you love. No, not McDonald’s, but Kentucky Fried Chicken! As it turns out, KFC has a pretty interesting history, too.
Colonel Sanders, originally Harland David Sanders, was commissioned in the military before he started a service station in Corbin, Kentucky. He served chicken and other dishes, such as steak and country ham. He did not have an area where he could open a restaurant, so he served his neighbors. His popularity grew, and eventually, he was able to move to a motel with a restaurant, which later became known as Harland Sanders Café and Museum. Sanders was re-commissioned into the military as a Kentucky Colonel, earning him the name Colonel Sanders. After that, he developed his secret recipe for pressure frying chicken, which is a much faster cooking method than pan frying. Around 1950, he started to grow his famous moustache and goatee, and his look became more distinctive with his white suit and string tie. When he was 65 years old, the new Interstate 75 opened up, and his restaurant failed due to less customer traffic; more people used Interstate 75, so less people passed by his restaurant. As a result, he sold Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation.
Today, KFC is the fast food chain we know it to be. You can still visit the Harland Sanders Café and Museum in Kentucky. Colonel Sanders’s face still appears on the official KFC logo, and is very distinguishable.
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