Thursday Thirteen #18 ~ Oldest Operating McDonald’s

Welcome to my Thursday Thirteen. On January 15th I stopped by this McDonald’s to take some photos and gather at least 13 facts about the oldest-operating McDonald’s. I don’t have the facts numbered but I’m sure there are at least 13! Enjoy…




Roger Williams co-owner of the McDonald’s Restaurant at Lakewood and Florence Blvd., stands by the 64-foot neon sign that may be the only one left of its kind in the United States. William and Bud Landon opened the McDonald’s in 1953, and the business still remains under the original franchise agreement with the McDonald brothers.


The 1953 McDonald’s restaurant at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. (at Florence Ave.) is the oldest operating McDonald’s.

It was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservations 1994 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

It was one of the first restaurants franchised by Dick and Mac McDonald, prior to the involvement of Ray Kroc in the company, and it still has the original “Golden arches” and a 60-foot animated neon “Speedee” sign.



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About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

58 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen #18 ~ Oldest Operating McDonald’s

  1. I grew up just outside Des Plaines Illinois. I remember McDonalds when they looked like this and the 15 cent hamburger! It was a “treat” to get to eat there. Thanks for the info, it was very interesting!

  2. What super pictures! Takes me back that’s for sure.

    I would love to have you stop by to check out 13 Phrases & their Origins. Also you may want to submit a recipe to win a programable slow cooker (shipping included in continental U.S.) for the contest I am offering for National Soup Month. Happy TT! Blessings, Cricket

  3. That was great! I remember seeing the one Ray Kroc built in the middle 50’s in DesPlaines Illinois — I’m not sure if it’s still there or not??
    Great pictures — what a trip down memory lane!
    Happy TT!

  4. I have been to this McDonalds with the little museum. Downey California is famous for this piece of history and being the hometown of Richard and Karen Carpenter. Happy TT.

  5. This is totally cool,Ellen! Btw, you aren’t old enough to be my Mom:) hehe Mom married at 17 yrs old and 18 when she had me;) She’s 48 next month!

  6. Interesting TT – I’ve learned something new – I always thought McDonalds was established by Ronald McDonald. You can tell I’m a Brit, can’t you, LOL! Happy TT.

  7. Wow! I’ll have to stop by and visit this cultural icon the next time I’m down south. I never knew about Speedee.

    Happy TT!

  8. My brother Jim worked in the very first McDonald’s in our area in the South Shore of Boston Mass. I remember when they posted the count of how many burgers they sold.

  9. Wow! We have a very old one in Panama City—but not as old as that one! (It has it’s original arches too—but not the same as those!) What a treat for you! Thanks for sharing this piece of history!

  10. I love nostalgic stuff like this, there’s a retro McD’s here in S.Jersey but I hear they want to modernize it – silly aren’t they.

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  13. Thanks for that!! We lived in Downey in ’53 when that store opened. My Mom and I used to walk there for lunch, so it was quite close, within range of a three-year-old. It was a marvel of the time. People would come by just to look at it. Imagine, placing your order and getting your food within seconds. Much has changed since then and I wondered if that place still existed. Thanks again!

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