1931: The first White Castle, First & Lawrence (now Broadway). Wichita has long been known as an innovative city in the fast food business. One of its most notable contributions to the nation's quick-cuisine culture is undoubtedly White Castle, the world's oldest hamburger chain. In the foreground of the above left photo is the original White Castle building, made of white porcelain brick to project an image of cleanliness. (Note also the J. Arch Butts dealership, which sold REO vehicles.) Many of White Castle's pioneering techniques and procedures became industry standards. The chain no longer has any stores in Kansas. Today the site of the original location is occupied by a hearing aid showroom.