In the third post of our series about the history of White Castle restaurants we report some interesting company trivia.
- First company newsletter published in 1926 was called the “Hot Hamburger”
- Walt Anderson and Billy Ingram had an airplane to travel to their restaurants
- Design of the classic porcelain steel White Castles was based on the Chicago Water Tower
- Created first movable metal building in 1928
- First White Castle opens in Columbus on June 3, 1929 at 49 S. Front St. Typical of early locations, it was on a small lot in the central city
- In 1930 a medical student lived on nothing but White Castle hamburgers and water for 13 weeks and maintained good health
- During World War II the Porcelain Steel Buildings division that normally fabricated the metal restaurant buildings and fixtures made parts for amphibious trucks used by the U.S. Army called “ducks”
- Flew White Castle hamburgers to U.S. Marines stationed in Beirut, Lebanon in 1982
- It would take roughly 9,966,840 White Castle burgers to fill the Archives/Library Research Room on the third floor of the Ohio History Center per our staff’s calculations
- On three griddles a White Castle can cook 2,000 hamburgers an hour
- In 1992 Ernest L. Meyer took White Castle hamburgers from St. Louis to Antarctica; they were still hot.
- St. Louis, not the company headquarters Columbus, is the city in which White Castle has had restaurants for the longest period of time
The Ohio History Connection Archives/Library has held the White Castle System, Inc. corporate records since 1995. They are available to the public for research in the Archives/Library Research Room, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Things you can find in the corporate records include, but are not limited to:
- Restaurant history files track when restaurants were opened and closed
- Minutes of annual meeting minutes document corporate decisions
- Company newsletters report milestones and information about employees
- Product packages, advertising materials and photographs covering decades
A selection of photographs and posters from the White Castle records have been digitized. Click here to view the White Castle Digital Collection in our digital library, Ohio Memory.
Lisa Wood, Curator for Visual Resources
Sources of Information:
All This from a 5-cent Hamburger! The Story of the White Castle System by E.W. Ingram, Sr.
Selling ’em by the Sack, White Castle and the Creation of American Food by David Gerard Hogan
By the Sackful, A Scrapbook with Recipes from 85 Years of White Castle Craving edited by Nicki Pendleton Wood for White Castle Management Company