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Downey in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Speedee McDonald's Store

Downey, California

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
1. The Speedee McDonald's Store Marker
Inscription. This is the oldest existing McDonald's hamburger stand in the world. Its neon arches and red and white tile have become an icon of the California car culture of the 1950s. The towering neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot and symbolizes fast, efficient service.

Opened August 18, 1953, by Roger Williams and Burdette "Bud" Landon, Downey's was the third stand franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, who founded the chain in 1948.

Ray Kroc, then a Multimixer milkshake machine salesman and later founder of McDonald's Corporation, visited this building in 1954 to prepare for the construction of his first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois, which opened in 1955.

Architect: Stanley Clark Meston, AIA. Designated a local historical site by the Downey Historical Society, 1983. Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1984. Restored by McDonald's Corporation, 1996.
 
Erected 1983.
 
Location. 33° 56.844′ N, 118° 7.049′ W. Marker is in Downey, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and East Florence Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Lakewood Boulevard. Touch for map
The neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot. image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
2. The neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10207 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey CA 90241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of the Rio San Gabriel (approx. 3.1 miles away); American Legion Norwalk Post 359 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Norwalk Square (approx. 3.7 miles away); Casa de Governor Pío Pico (approx. 4.2 miles away); Reform School for Juvenile Offenders (approx. 4.5 miles away); Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree (approx. 4.5 miles away); Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); Watts Towers (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
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The Speedee McDonald's Store image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
3. The Speedee McDonald's Store
Speedee History image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
4. Speedee History
This is the oldest operating McDonald's hamburger stand in the world. When opened, hamburgers were 15 cents, and french fries were 12 cents. The towering neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot and symbolic of fast, efficient service.

Opened on August 18, 1953 by Roger Williams and Burdette "Bud" Landon, Downey's was the third stand franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald who founded the chain in 1948.

Ray Kroc, then a Multimixer milkshake machine salesman and later founder of McDonald's Corporation, visited this building in 1954 to prepare for construction of his first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois, which opened in 1955. Ray Kroc bought out the McDonald Brothers for $2.7 million. However, this location was the only "McDonald's" which was never affiliated with the McDonald's Corporation; this restaurant did not become a part of the McDonald's system until 1990.

"Speedee" was replaced by a new logo in 1961. Ronald McDonald was created in 1963, with Willard Scott as the very first Ronald McDonald.

In 1994, the "Speedee" store was closed due to damages caused by the Northridge Earthquake. The store reopened on December 15, 1996 with the addition of the museum and gift shop. Lakewood resident and McDonald's owner/operator Ron Piazza assumed ownership of the "Speedee" store from the McDonald's Corporation on July 1, 1998.
The neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot. image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
5. The neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot.
The Speedee McDonald's Store image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
6. The Speedee McDonald's Store
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By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
7. Don't let history pass you by
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By Michael Kindig, April 25, 2006
8. History of McDonald's Corporate Logos
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,037 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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