By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 24, 2021) – In Issue 2021-185 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we go on the road with The Colonel and his chicken.


When plans for Interstate 75 cut off traffic running through Corbin, Kentucky, Harlan Sanders knew that the travelers who were the bread-and-butter of his motel and restaurant business were going to wane.

So, he decided to take his recipe on the road and sell his “secret blend of herbs and spices” to other restaurants.  His early plan involved the restaurants paying 4 cents per chicken sold to Sanders and the right to use his name and image.

On this day in 1952, the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the earliest franchisees was Dave Thomas, the man who also started a success franchise business himself with Wendy’s.

Today there are more than 24,000 KFCs worldwide, and Colonel Sanders has become an iconic image of Southern hospitality.

Here is Bradford’s colorful map of Kentucky from 1838.  Corbin is in the southeast part of the Commonwealth.

Kentucky from 1838 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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