Chillicothe in Livingston County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Home of Sliced Bread
On July 7, 1928, Chillicothe baker Frank Bench and inventor Otto Rohwedder secured Chillicothe Missouri's Slice of History. On this day their bread slicing machine produced the first loaves of sliced bread and made them available on the shelves of Chillicothe grocery stores.
The machine instantly changed the way consumers bought bread and increased the bakery's sales by 2000 percent in 2 weeks. Until this invention, which has long been synonymous with innovation, bread had to be sliced by hand in home kitchens.
At approximately five feet long and four feet high, the device was the invention of Iowa native O. F. Rohwedder. His machine was turned down by many bakers before being offered to Frank Bench. The original machine used at Chillicothe Baking Company eventually fell apart; however Rohwedder's second machine is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.
This building, located at the corner of First and Elm Streets, is the original home of the bread slicing machine.
Original Site of
The Frank Bench Bakery
July 7, 1928
Erected by the Home of Sliced Bread Committee.
Location. 39° 47.287′ N, 93° 33.086′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Missouri, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of Elm Street and 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Elm Street, Chillicothe MO 64601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heroes in History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Webster Street (about 700 feet away); History of the NW Corner of Washington and Clay Streets (approx. 0.3 miles away); Citizens Bank & Trust (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loomis Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zero Mile Stone (approx. 0.4 miles away); 601-605 Locust Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
Regarding The Home of Sliced Bread. The second bread slicer, mentioned on the marker and part of the Smithsonian permanent collection, was unveiled on temporary exhibit at the Grand River Historical Society Museum on Sunday, July 7, 2013, the 85th anniversary of sliced bread.
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Also see . . .
1. The Home of Sliced Bread, Chillicothe, Missouri. (Submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "Sliced Bread" Almanac Segment on CBS Sunday Morning, July 7, 2013. (Submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cities Fight Over Bread Bragging Rights, Reader's Digest, July 2013. (Submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Bread Slicer Special Delivery from Smithsonian to Chillicothe, Missouri. (Submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 822 times since then and 43 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 18, 2013. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.