The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

The Home of Sliced Bread: Chillicothe, Missouri

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Today’s roadside attraction is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Actually…it is sliced bread! Chillicothe, Missouri is the “Home of Sliced Bread.” It’s the town where the one intention every other invention has to live up to was first sold.

The Rohwedder Bread Slicer was first put into use there by the Chillicothe Baking Company in 1928. Before that all bread was…gasp…cut by hand! Can you imagine?

The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Here’s what the Chillicothe Sliced Bread plaque says:

On July 7, 1982, Chillocothe baker Frank Bench and inventor Otto Rohwedder secured Chillicothe Missouri’s Slice of History. On this day their bread slicing machine produced the first loaves of sliced bread and made them available on the shelves of Chillicothe grocery stores.

The machine instantly changed the way consumers bought bread and increased the bakery’s sales by 2000 percent in 2 weeks. Until this invention, which has long ben synonymous with innovation, bread had to be sliced by hand in home kitchens.

At approximately five feet long and four feet high, the device was the invention of Iowa native O.F. Rohwedder. His machine was turned down by many bakers before being offered to Frank Bench. The original machine used at Chillicothe Baking Company eventually fell apart; however Rohwedder’s second machine is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

This building, located at the corner of First and Elm Streets, is the original home of the bread slicing machine.

The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Original Site of The Frank Bench Bakery
Home of Sliced Bread
July 7, 1928

The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Taking a road trip through Missouri? Make sure you take time to see the World’s Largest Fork and Maxie the Goose.


A plaque commemorating Chillicothe, Missouri as the home of sliced bread

Location: 1st St & Asher St in Chillicothe, Missouri
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See


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The Home of Sliced Bread: Chillicothe, Missouri
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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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