KCPT’s Randy Mason takes US 36 to Chillicothe, Missouri, where in the summer of 1928, sliced bread was made available for the first time, anywhere. Otto Rohwedder invented that slicer, Frank Bench put it to work in his bakery, and from then on, the sandwich was never the same!
It all might sound silly, but there’s a serious side at work here as well. At a time when rural communities are struggling to survive, finding a “hook” (even an offbeat one) can lure visitors (and their dollars) to town. And Chillicothe’s been working diligently at it for the last decade —with murals, merchandise, and bread baking contests —ever since a local reporter first stumbled across the long-forgotten fact!