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Oldest Operating McDonald's

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On a street corner in Downey the oldest still operating McDonald's hamburger stand includes a small museum. The restaurant still has the two large "golden arches" and on the corner is the neon chef "Speedee" sign. Speedee was McDonald's first mascot.

When Roger Williams and Burdette "Bud" Landon opened this McDonalds opened on August 18, 1953, hambergers were 15 cents and fries were 12 cents. This was the third stand franchised by Richard and Maurice Mcdonald who founded the chain in 1948. In 1954, Ray Kroc, a Multimixer milkshake machine salesman, visited this stand in preperation to build his first McDonal's franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois, which opened in 1955. Ray bought out the McDonald Brothers. It was not until 1990 that this "speedee" became an actual MaDonalds.

Damage caused by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake resulted in this stand closing for three years. When if reopened on December 15, 1996, it included the adjacent museum and gift shop. A local resident assumed ownership of this stand from the McDonald's corporation on July 1, 1998.

The gift shop is not always open, the restaurant and museum have regular hours. Try the gift shop on the weekend.

10207 Lakewood Boulevard
Downey, California 90240

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