The Speedee McDonald's Store

The Speedee McDonald's Store (HMZ2D)

Location: Downey, CA 90241 Los Angeles County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 56.844', W 118° 7.049'

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Downey, California

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.
HM NumberHMZ2D
Year Placed1983
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 396736 N 3756886
Decimal Degrees33.94740000, -118.11748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 56.844', W 118° 7.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 56' 50.64" N, 118° 7' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)323, 562
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10201-10245 N Lakewood Blvd, Downey CA 90241, US
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