The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Claudia Sanders Dinner House


Shelbyville, Kentucky

When the Colonel, Colonel Sanders that is, perfected his southern fried chicken recipe he had a restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky.  In 1959 Interstate 75 opened which bypassed his chicken shack.  So at the age of 69 he and his wife Claudia moved to Shelbyville where they set up corporate headquarters for their Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises.  

In 1964 the business with over 600 outlets was sold to a group of investors and the couple opened up a restaurant in the old headquarters building 4 years later.  It was called the The Colonel's Lady.  The day after Mother's Day in 1999 The Colonel's Lady burned down.  It was rebuilt and then named Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

The Colonel and Claudia's home.  The Colonel died in 1980 at the age of 94.  Claudia lived on till 1996 to the age of 90 years old.  There is a lesson there: Eat more fried chicken.  Thankfully neither had to witness the destruction of their restaurant. 

Nothing special about the neighborhood they lived in.

 As I was leaving I snapped a shot of their neighbor.  Imagine having to live next door to the smell of southern fried chicken everyday.  Well like I said with the auto thrill show museum of yesterday, you soon get used to any smell and eventually don't notice it anymore, which in this case may not necessarily be a good thing.




13 comments:

  1. there's a very interesting history, EVERYONE would know what Kentucky Fried Chicken is all about ....the younger gen may now know about Colonel Sanders especially but you've provided some great photos and background; thanks John

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  2. I like that story to John. It gives some nice depth to kentucky fried chicken what you even find here in Almere.

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  3. Didn't know the Fried Chicken had such a long atory. The restaurant went world wide, amazing.

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  4. Interesting post, John. I think we can all relate to the Colonel and his fried chicken. :)

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  5. Yesterday my neighbors were making fried chicken, it was torture. Nothing smells better.

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  6. You always have interesting posts...we go through Corbin on our way home to Tennessee...we get off I-75 there and get on 25E...

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  7. those 11 herbs and spices include something addictive, i'm certain of it. i've gone on a kick for months at a time where i crave kfc. scary!

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  8. I am not sure I would love living next to the smell for an extended period of time. However, the building is lovely.

    Peace :)

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  9. Looks like she was the power behind the thrown or rocking chair.

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  10. Starting KFC at age 69, now there's a retirement project for ya. I always like the smell of fried chicken but it's probably been decades since I actually ate any. No particular reason either. Now I'm getting hungry....

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  11. interesting facts about KFC. THanks John

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  12. A lot of history there and very interesting. Maybe I might start eating more fried chicken!

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