Did you know that Downey California is home to the oldest existing McDonald’s? Last fall I was driving to South Gate and my GPS took me through Downey. As I passed by this McDonald’s I immediately turned around to check it out. I absolutely loved the sign! Little did I know how special and unique this particular location is.
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As you walk up to order your burger you will immediately notice how different this location is compared to almost any other McDonald’s. Not only is the McDonald’s in Downey the oldest existing location, but it was also the last to join the Kroc franchise. This location remained independent until the 1990s and that is why they were able to keep the original look.
Even though you order outdoors there is an indoor seating area as shown in the picture above off to the right. There is also a mini-museum in there which I will have to return to check out. I love that there is a sign above the order windows that lists the prices from when this location opened in 1953.
The Address For the Oldest Existing McDonald’s
10201 Lakewood Blvd Downey, CA 90241
I am really looking forward to getting to bring my family here and being able to provide you with even more photos and information.
If you are interested in nostalgic burger spots you might be interested in checking out the In N Out Replica. This fun little spot is a recreation of the original In N Out. It is really interesting to check out. Plus, down the road, you’ll find an In N Out Store!