"Now here is a real piece of American history, this is where the cultural wrecking of the restaurant began"
"The world's first McDonalds ?"
'Got it in one, the McDonald brothers actually ran it as a successful restaurant before re-formatting it in December 1948. The rest they as say is history"
"Is it still open?"
"Only as a museum, and not by the McDonalds corporation at that. The building is certainly not original. Mcdonalds tried to claim for years that the first Mcd's was in Des Moines, back near Chicago, but that was the first franchise""
"Ready for a look at the history of Happy meal boxes then ? and the Hamburgler of course "
"I still say supermacs is better, real chips"
"I still say cardboard is better"
This historic inn was built in 1876 and has been a stop for VIPs every since including 10 US presidents. The hotel itself is rather expensive but the owners are O.K. with visitors checking out the place
San Bernardino is a city of just over 200,000 and combines with Riverside to form what is referred to as the "Inland Empire". The city is in the San Bernardino Valley and is a suburb of LA. San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County. The San Bernardino County Courthouse was completed in 1927 and was designed by San Bernardino architect Howard E. Jones using the Italian Rennaisance style of architecture. A note of interest is that his uncle Charles H. Jones designed the previous courthouse which was torn down due to damage from an erathquake. The courthouse is one of many fine buildings in San Bernardino designed by Howard; and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
San Bernardino is where the McDonald brothers opened their first "McDonald Restaurant" which was actually located close to a highschool and so it became also a bit of a hang out place for teens. The first hamburgers were sold for just 15 cents, fries for 10 cents.
All that was in 1948 when the brothers turned their Barbeque restaurant into what we know nowadays as McDonalds.
We went to the 42nd annual spring festival of Romance, Revelry and Adventure as they describe themselves. It took place from April 17th till May 31st, 2004 from 10:00 till 18:00 at the Glen Helen Regional Park.
What will you find at the faire? A variety of crafts work, food treats, performance arts, parades, musicians and more. Everyone working at Faire dresses in costumes typical of the late Elizabethan period and you'll find many visitors doing the same.
The rugged mountains of San Bernardino are set aside as a National Forest. The area is mostly scrub growth with sections that have large trees. The two-lane highway # 18 goes through the forest with many sharp turns and steep hills. Many long distant views are available as one travels this route.
This is one of the oldest country clubs in California. The course is in great condition, and the setting is beautiful.
This small art museum in Riverside features local California artists. Admission is free with a suggested donation
This is more of a botanical garden, displaying the history of the citrus industry in California. The grounds include every concievable variety of citrus grown in California
This is a combination history and natural history museum. Good for a hour or so but not worth a special trip.
This railway museum includes a few restored trains giving rides along with a large collection of historic train and trolley cars from the Inland empire and LA.
This botanical garden is dedicated mostly to native California plants and is situated on a large plot in Riverside county community of claremont.
This natural history museum captures the finds made during the construction of the Diamond Valley lake. Small and not worth going out of your way but if you are visiting the lake its worth a stop.