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

White Castle

Wichita Historical Trail Walk Path

 
 
White Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. White Castle Marker
Inscription.  
White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Cook Walter A. Anderson partnered with insurance man Edgar Waldo "Billy" Ingram to make White Castle into a chain of restaurants. At the time, Americans were hesitant to eat ground beef after Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle had publicized the poor sanitation practices of the meat packing industry. The founders set out to change the public's perception of the cleanliness of the industry. To invoke a feeling of cleanliness, their restaurants were small buildings with white porcelain enamel on steel exteriors, stainless steel interiors, and employees outfitted with spotless uniforms. White Castle created a lot of firsts in the restaurant business. They were the first to promote take out and they invented the hamburger bun. They were also the first to use an assembly line for food production. In short White Castle started the fast food industry in Wichita.

For more fascinating information, visit www.wichitahistory.org

For more information and maps on the many themed walking trails donated by Sunflower Title, please go to downtownwichita.org
 
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White Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. White Castle Marker
Looking east, with Commodore Apts on left
City of Wichita and Sunflower Title.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 41.684′ N, 97° 20.17′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on Elm Street near Broadway, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the north entrance to First Presbyterian Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 East Elm Street, Wichita KS 67214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (about 600 feet away); John Cheney on Wichita State Basketball (about 600 feet away); Myra Warren McHenry (approx. half a mile away); Coleman Lamp & Stove Building (approx. half a mile away); Coleman Co. Inc. Factory Building (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Coleman Lamp & Stove Building (approx. half a mile away); A. S. Parks and A. E. Jones Building (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. White Castle Timeline. (Submitted on June 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wichita Walking Trails Overview Map. (Submitted on June 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
White Castle Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1920s
3. White Castle Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Oct. 1, 2020