Supplement to WORTH THE TRIP “Please Lick Your Fingers”
1930 —Harland Sanders begins operating Sanders Service station and whipping up what he called “home meal replacements” for travelers who stopped for gas. With no restaurant, travelers ate at Sanders’ dining table.
1935—The honorary title of Kentucky Colonel is conferred on Harland Sanders in recognition of his contribution to Kentucky cuisine.
1939—Sanders begins using a pressure fryer. The cafe is listed in Duncan Hines’ Adventures in Good Eating, a booklet of recommended eating establishments the Bowling Green native began self-publishing in the mid-1930s.
1940—Sanders invents his Original Recipe recipe. Following a fire, he rebuilds his café and part of the Motor Court.
1952 —Sanders begins franchising: in less than 10 years, there are more than 600 KFC franchises in the U.S. and Canada.
1964 —Sanders sells the entire KFC franchising operation.
1966—KFC goes public.
1969—It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1980 —Colonel Sanders passes away at age 90.
1980s—Harland Sanders Museum and Café is restored to its original glory.
For a complete timeline as well as interactive timeline, go online to www.kfc.com/about/history.asp.
To read the June 2012 Worth the Trip column that goes with this supplement, go to Please Lick Your Fingers.