Colonel Sanders plaza.

Colonel Sanders Statue

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Corbin, Kentucky

Col. Sanders, icon of Kentucky Fried Chicken, opened his first restaurant in Corbin in 1939 (long before there even was a Kentucky Fried Chicken). But it took until 2015 for Corbin to erect a statue of the man that made their town famous.

Colonel Sanders statue.

It almost didn't happen; the statue languished uncompleted for years in the wake of the Great Recession. But enough money gradually trickled in -- like KFC gravy oozing off of mashed potatoes -- for sculptor Raymond Gras to complete the statue, and it was unveiled in its own plaza, big enough to accommodate busloads of Colonel fans.

Standing at ground level, the Colonel is posed to be photo-op friendly. Hidden cameras monitor the statue 24/7, keeping potential evildoers at bay. The town hopes to further cement its identity to the Colonel; one idea under consideration is to replace downtown streetlights with ones that resemble KFC buckets.

Colonel Sanders Statue

E. Monroe St., Corbin, KY
Downtown, on the northbound (right) side of US Hwy 25W/N. Main St., just north of its intersection with E. Monroe St.
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