Thursday, December 13, 2012

Latrobe's Claim To Fame .... Banana Split

Latrobe is seeking historical validation from the state for its claim as the birthplace of the banana split.  The city recently applied to the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program for approval of a plaque to recognize David E Strickler of Latrobe as inventing the banana split in 1904 and selling it in a downtown Latrobe drugstore, Tassell Pharmacy.  Strickler lived from 1881 to 1971 and also created a special dish to display his banana split.   He was a 23-yr-old apprentice at the pharmacy at the time of his "invention".

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