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The White Castle hamburger chain was founded in Wichita, Kansas by Walter A. Anderson and E. W. Ingram. Anderson was an insurance executive, and together with Ingram, a cook, they started the company in 1921. They sold their steam fried hamburgers, 18 per pound of ground beef, cooked on a bed of onions, for a nickel.
White Castle is the oldest hamburger chain.
Note: There is now a White Castle Recipe Book!
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