Southeast Kansas “chicken wars” makes international headlines

PITTSBURG, Kan. – For a short time on April 30, 2020,  “America’s ‘fried chicken war'” was a top headline on the homepage of, one of the most visited news sites across the globe. BBC Travel sent a writer to Southeast Kansas in late 2019 to learn about the “war”, and that story is now live on their website –

The Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau shared the link to the story from their social media pages with the note: “When BBC Travel sent Diana Meyer and her husband Bruce to Southeast Kansas to learn about the region’s immigrant history and fried chicken, they discovered a story about survival.”

During her visit, Meyer, a travel writer with her own blog,, toured Big Brutus and spoke with descendants of the famous Chicken Annie and Chicken Mary and discovered a story about immigration, ingenuity, and the American spirit.

To read Meyer’s story, visit

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