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    This is the very first Ray Kroc McDonalds in the World!

    Architect Stanley Meston designed the very first red and white tiled Golden Arched Des Plaines Illinois which opened on April 15, 1955. 10 years later there would be 700 restaurants in the USA. Unfortunately, is no longer open to the public, and an iron fence surrounds it. You can park at the nearby modern McDonalds, and walk across the street to view it through the fence.

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    PhilR2, carlton.salter, Joshua Mellin, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. carlton.salter 51 months ago | reply

      Awesome! The accumulations of snow adds to it too...there use to be a 50's era McDonalds like this near where I use to live growing up in the 80's, still operating, unfortunately, it was later torn down for a Mazda dealership.

    2. Urban Woodswalker 51 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone~~ :-)

    3. Alka_007 50 months ago | reply

      Very cool

      McDonalds should convert it into a museum ?

    4. Cragin Spring 47 months ago | reply

      I like your history and the shot you took. This is a nice place to roam along with walking around Des Plaines on Rt.14. Funny about this McDonald's, my cousin who graduated Maine East H.S. in the very early 1970's worked here part time.

    5. Urban Woodswalker 47 months ago | reply

      It IS a museum now. And only a few blocks away is the wonderful Choo Choo diner right out of the 1940s on Miner St.. Incredibly authentic and nostalgic. I gotta git some photos of that one. I ate weekly at both the Choo Choo and the McDonalds shown above in 1960 and 61 before we moved away.. :-(

    6. Urban Woodswalker 47 months ago | reply

      I forgot to say...I attended Maine East one summer for a class..but I don't remember what the summer school class was...most likely math...I am horrible in that. This would have been the summer of 69.

    7. Cragin Spring 47 months ago | reply

      Funny how you lived before in Des Plaines. I took some shots in Des Plaines and have them in my neon set. I took a shot of the Choo Choo sign and restaurant. I also took a shot of the Des Plaines Theatre and the Sugar Bowl restaurant.
      I did most of my growing up north of Des Plaines in Wheeling IL. so I am very familiar with the area.

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