McDonald's History Tour

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

McDonald's 1954

McDonald's 1954
Originally uploaded by futuraciudad.
This is the very first golden arched McDonald's , and the second store ever built. It was located on Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ and opened in 1953.


Saturday, April 22, 2006 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meet at the world's oldest McDonald's

10207 Lakewood @ Florence, Downey

Call 213.804.4184 or email
for tickets

Price: $50 per person.

Ticket price includes museum admissions, snacks, water, air-conditioned
luxury motor coach transportation, all-day parking and lunch.

McHistorian Chris Nichols presents a bus tour exploring the legacy and
hidden history of brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald, founders of
McDonald's restaurants. We will travel historic Route 66 into the San
Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, visiting the birthplace of the fast
food industry.

Through museums, site visits and the personal recollections of the
people who were there, you will learn the true story of the world's
largest restaurant chain. The McDonald brothers moved to California in
1932 and started an eclectic collection of businesses before trying
their hand at hamburgers and changing the way the world eats.

Sites will include the colonial home of the brothers, store #7 in
Pomona, the moody industrial machine shop/museum where many fast food
innovations were created and the 3rd McDonald's ever built, the landmark
Downey store opened in 1953. Invited guests include former carhop
Mildred "Skeeter" Kobzeff, early franchisee Jack R. Widmeyer and neon
man Ray Quiel. Rare films and still photos of these early days will be
screened on the bus.

Yes, we know FAST FOOD NATION, we know McDonald's owns over 28,000
restaurants, is the nation's largest purchaser of beef, pork and
potatoes, is the largest owner of retail property in the U.S. and that
McGlobalization can be a bad thing. We'll see Southern California before
all that and learn about the orange groves, hot dog stands and homemade
shacks that paved the way for this Modern world.

$50/per person

Mail check or money order (Payable to "Chris Nichols") to:

Chris Nichols

c/o Los Angeles magazine

5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90036

OR to pay by PayPal,

click on this link which will direct you to PayPal.