McDonald's Is Not the Oldest Fast Food Franchise in America--THIS Is!
For many, when they think of the history of fast food in America, they think of McDonald's. Old vintage images of McDonald's selling 15-cent hamburgers come to mind. But surprisingly, it is not the oldest fast food franchise in the country.
You may not believe me when I say that White Castle is the oldest fast food chain in America! Founded in1921 in Wichita, Kansas, it is recognized as the world's first fast-food chain.
Chef Walter A. Anderson had been running food stands in Wichita since 1916. He eventually met businessman Billy Ingram, and together they created the White Castle chain in 1921. With just $700, the two started selling five-cent, tiny square hamburgers. Dubbed Sliders, these burgers became synonymous of the White Castle chain.
McDonald's wasn't founded until 1955.