Category Archives: Historical

The Big Chicken – Marietta, Georgia

Since we are talking KFC…

The restaurant was originally built in 1956 as Johnny Reb’s Chick, Chuck and Shake The owner, S.R. “Tubby” Davis, erected the 56-foot (17-meter) tall structure over his restaurant in 1963 as a method of advertising. It was designed by Hubert Puckett, a Georgia Tech student of architecture, and fabricated by Atlantic Steel in nearby Atlanta.

Davis later sold it to his brother, and it became a franchise of KFC.  The beak and eyes move….!

We use this when we give directions:  “Go to the Big Chicken and turn left”

The Big Chicken - Marietta, Georgia
The Big Chicken – Marietta, Georgia

Sanders Cafe – Corbin, Kentucky

Sanders Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky
Sanders Cafe – Corbin, Kentucky

I did not even know this place existed until we saw a sign on I-75 in the middle of Kentucky. The Harland Sanders Café, located in North Corbin, Kentucky, is where Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated this restaurant from 1940-1956.

Sanders also developed the famous KFC secret recipe at the café during the 1940s.

Sanders Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky
Sanders Cafe – Corbin, Kentucky

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

Serenity along Kennesaw Mouuntain
Serenity along Kennesaw Mouuntain

Last week I had an appointment at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain and spent about an hour on the trails by myself.  I find these excursions are very good for the soul.  I did Civil War reenacting for many years and enjoy the history.  You can vividly feel an aura or sadness in these places.  I once walked the Shiloh Battlefield at 2AM in full Confederate Uniform and the feeling and/or presence of something was palatable.

Napoleon 12 pound cannon and confederate earthworks
Napoleon 12 pound cannon and confederate earthworks

Standing in the Confederate trenches, looking out north towards Kennesaw my mind wandered and tried to imagine what the thousands of men and boys were thinking almost 150 years ago….

View from the Union trenches looking south towards the Confederates at the top of Kennesaw Mountain - 1864
View from the Union trenches looking south towards the Confederates at the top of Kennesaw Mountain – 1864