“We may have lost our original White Castle building, but the walls of this yummy fortress remain,” said Gayle Faulkner Kosalko of the Whiting Robertsdale Historical Society Museum.
Thanks to the generosity of White Castle, the museum was allowed to take many of the original porcelain panels. The panels were then cut into pieces and are now displayed on a 5×7 memorial plaque which is engraved with “Porcelain Wall –
White Castle – Whiting, Indiana 1935-2023. The plaques cost $35 and for an additional handling fee, can be shipped anywhere.
“So far we’ve shipped plaques all the way out east and to the west coast. And with each request, we usually get an additional personal story about ‘my mom worked there,’ ‘I’d come off of the midnight shift and go there before going home’ – ‘our first date was there,’ said Kosalko. “White Castle has always meant something special to our community.”
White Castle was America’s first fast food restaurant and their signature square burgers are still today affectionately known as sliders. The Whiting White Castle was originally known as “Whiting #1.”
“At our museum we have ornament discs of White Castle, postcards as well as the plaques for sale,” Gayle said. “For those of us from here, historically when we think of Whiting, we think of White Castle.”
If you are interested in more information or in buying a plaque, please go to our website https://www.wrhistoricalsociety.com/
or call Gayle at 219-659-8129 or email her at email@example.com. Our free museum is open on Sundays from noon to 4pm at 1610 – 119th Street.
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