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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pizza Hut Number One

First Opened at Bluff and Kellogg Streets

 

— June 15, 1958 —

 
Pizza Hut Number One Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Pizza Hut Number One Marker
Inscription.  
Two former WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, borrowed $600 to open this first Pizza Hut. Their corporation grew to become the world's largest pizza chain and was sold to PepsiCo in 1977 for $300,000,000.

The building was moved to this site to serve as a symbol and reminder to our students how young individuals through hard work and initiative can still rise from modest beginnings to positions of leadership and success. To future young entrepreneurs this building is dedicated.

Assisting the Carney brothers in preserving and restoring this structure during 1984 were:

[Individuals and Organizations not transcribed]

This plaque was donated by Professor Fran Jabara, Founder and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, to honor my former students
 
Erected by Fran Jabara.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is June 15, 1958.
 
Location. 37° 43.009′ N, 97° 17.48′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on
Pizza Hut Number One and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Pizza Hut Number One and Marker
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Perimeter Road 0.1 miles east of Harvard Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker and building are on the Wichita State University campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wichita KS 67260, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fiske Hall Centennial Celebration (approx. ¼ mile away); Fiske Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Morrison Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Bicentennial of the Birth of George Washington (approx. ¼ mile away); Standing Proudly on the Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edwin A. Ulrich (approx. 0.3 miles away); McKnight Art Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gene Stephenson's Wichita State University All Americans (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Original Pizza Hut, at Wichita State University. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. WSU Library Special Collections, Early Pizza Hut Papers of Dan Carney. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. WSU Center for Entrepreneurship History. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Pizza Hut Homepage. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Dan and Frank Carney on Wikipedia. Dan and Frank remained with the company for a time, watching Pizza Hut grow with thousands of locations. However, the two went different ways in later
Pizza Hut Number One image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
3. Pizza Hut Number One
years. Frank became a franchisee for Papa John's in the 1990s, even doing a television commercial showing his loyalty toward the competitor. Frank died on December 2, 2020 at the age of 82. (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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