Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

The world’s oldest McDonald’s is located in Downey, California. When it opened in 1953, it was the third McDonald’s restaurant. Over the years the earlier buildings have been destroyed, moving this one up the ranks to the oldest store in existence. Little has changed to the building’s appearance since its opening. In 1994, it was scheduled to be bulldozed but after being placed on the list of most endangered historic places, McDonald’s spent time and money restoring it, adding a separate eating area and museum to the then walk-up only McDonald’s. The museum is small but very informative. I never really went to McDonald’s growing up but I remember the memorabilia from commercials. (I also never really went as an adult; my last filet-o-fish was well over two decades ago.) We have spent almost five weeks on the road, driving a total of just over 4,500 miles, so why not conclude our trip close to home, eating a happy meal, and being scared to death by Ronald McDonald’s “happy” face.

6 thoughts on “McDonald’s Museum, Downey

  1. Denise says:

    BEYOND Jealous!!! You must have a copy of my “list”. This is so on it!

    1. Ha! It’s pretty cool. And also very close to where Eric grew up!

  2. tagpipspearl says:

    How cool! I had no idea it still existed! Thanks for the wonderful pictures – your journey was a joy to read about and see.

    1. Thank you for “coming along”!
      Even as a non-McDonald’s person the museum and building was fun to visit.

  3. Kimberly Chung says:

    It is a cute Mc Donald’s! We rarely go to one here. Nuno is a bigger fan of Buger King. 🙂

    1. Ha. I would be content without either.
      But the building is neat!

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