Col. Sanders Resting Place

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Only one guy in America would find it fitting to have a bucket of fried chicken left at his grave as a way to pay respect.  (Well, except for maybe Michael Moore or Gov. Chris Christie)

Col. Harland Sanders, who left a lasting legacy with his Kentucky Fried Chicken brand is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery – a short drive from downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

And no, it’s not unusual to see flowers, trinkets or yes, buckets of chicken – placed on the burial spot.

His wife Claudia, as noted on the grave stone is also buried on site.  Once you enter the grounds, a distinct yellow line on the pavement marks the path for tourists looking to visit Sander’s final resting place..

The Colonel title didn’t come from any military service but rather as an honorary title from then Governor Ruby Laffoon of Kentucky back in 1935.  Yes, the chicken was that good.

Today, KFC is located in over 100 countries with more than 18,000 locations.  The company is now part of the Yum! brands which includes both Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – based here in Louisville.

In 1980, Col. Sanders died at the age of 90.

 “There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.” —Colonel Harland Sanders

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Bill is a travel journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bill travels all across the country doing positive stories, highlighting people and places making America great. He's the host of the weekly Rediscover America podcast and author of the new book 100 Things To Do In America Before You Die! Bill enjoys parks, talking to strangers, eating medium-rare steaks, playing Pickleball and telling good jokes.