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Colonel Harland Sanders' Grave.

Colonel Sanders Grave

Field review by the editors.

Louisville, Kentucky

Colonel Sanders is the most beloved gentleman in Kentucky, and the only fast food franchiser honored with a bust in the state capitol. Washed-up and broke at 65, the Colonel turned his fortunes around through hard work, a tasty fried chicken recipe, and a face that was a marketer's dream.

Col. Sanders grave.

Sanders was a fascinating, authentic character, before the extra-crispy forced formulations of later fast food celebrities. We got up close to him as kids at a Scout Jamboree in 1974 -- in the summer heat, the octogenarian was only out of his air conditioned limo for five minutes. Long enough to ask "You boys like my chicken?" before being whisked away to his next public appearance.

When Colonel Sanders died in 1980 -- still possessing the arteries of a much younger man -- his body lay in state in the Kentucky capitol rotunda. A yellow line, specially painted, leads along the entrance road of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville to the Colonel's grave. A bust sculpted by his daughter Margaret marks his final resting place.

Also see: First KFC | Early KFC HQ

Colonel Sanders Grave

Cave Hill Cemetery

Grinstead Drive, Louisville, KY
Cave Hill Cemetery. From the Cave Hill Cemetery main entrance, at the corner of Baxter Ave. and E. Broadway, follow the road with the solid yellow line into the cemetery for 1.5 miles. The line ends at Col. Sanders grave.
Daily 8-4:45. Gated after hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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