I took a picture of the McDonalds sign in Downey, California awhile ago. A friend asked, "why only one arch?" I explained that this location is the Oldest operating McDonalds. Being back in the area on business, I stopped in to grab a drink and to take some pictures.
Corner of Lakewood Blvd and Florence Ave
10207 Lakewood Blvd.
Downey, CA 90240
Original 60-foot neon Speedee sign
Opened on August 18, 1953,
still has the red-and-white striped tile exterior,
if you're old enough to remember...
met the McDonald brothers who had
a small busy restaurant.
He built this most famous and successful fast food business
Love how simple it was back then
Do you remember the paper hats?
Before Ronald McDonald,
there was Speedee
If you visit, they do have a small museum and gift shop.
You'd have to call for the hours of the gift shop,
but the museum is open most of the time.
Photos by Jay Terauchi