San Salvador - 6 OCT 2017

Image: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Visiting San Pedro on October 6-11, was this replica of the San Salvador.
It was built by craftsmen and volunteers of the San Diego Maritime Museum and was first launched in 2016.
The original San Salvador set sail in June 1542, on a voyage for California with Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in command.
It was a 200 ton galleon built in Guatemala in the late 1530's.
Looking for a new trade route to China, it arrived in San Diego on September 28, 1542.
It was the flagship of a small squadron and carried supplies and 100-120 men.
They are believed to be the first Europeans to come ashore in California, landing near present-day Point Loma.
Cabrillo named it San Miguel (today called San Diego Bay) and claimed the land for Spain.
The ships later continued up the coast stopping at Santa Catalina and San Clemente and passed through the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.
When strong winds forced them back to Point Conception, the ships anchored at one of the Channel Islands now call San Miguel.
During their week stay, Cabrillo broke his leg. 
It is believed he died from gangrene from this injury (January 3, 1543) and was buried on Catalina Island. 
His second-in-command brought the ships back to Navidad, arriving on April 14, 1543.
It is hard to imagine 100 men on this small ship, much less cargo, supplies, weapons, and animals (chickens, pigs, horses).
Cabrillo is a popular name in San Pedro. We have Cabrillo Beach (with two separate beach areas), Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Cabrillo Way Marina, Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School, and Cabrillo Liquors & Fine Wine. 

World's First McDonald's Restaurant, San Bernardino, CA


The site of the first McDonald's restaurant is now a museum in San Bernardino, CA.


A commemorative plaque reads: 
McDonald's - Over 1 Million Sold
Dick and Mac McDonald opened the world's first McDonald's Self-Service, Drive-In Restaurant on this site in San Bernardino, California December, 1948. They previously operated a successful Drive-In Barbeque Restaurant with Carhop Service on this site from 1940 to 1948.

The original building (demolished 1972) looked like this:

In 1948, the first McDonald's opened selling 15¢ hamburgers and 10¢ fries, with "Speedy" as the official mascot.
The "Golden Arches" (designed by Dick McDonald) came in 1953 when their building was rebuilt to make it more efficient. Until 1968, the arches remained the prototype for every McDonald's. 
This street sign featuring one arch and the "Speedee" mascot remains at the Downey, CA location as an un-restored cultural monument. That location is the oldest operating McDonald's and was their fourth restaurant to open. It also has a small museum next door.
In 1955, Ray Kroc visited the San Bernardino McDonald's and convinced the brothers to let him franchise their business model.
Ronald Greets Museum Vistors
Kroc opens his first store in Des Plaines, IL in April (1955). Although it was the 9th location, Kroc called it #1 and today it is the Official McDonald's Corporation Museum.
Movie: The Founder
Several items were labeled: "Used in the movie." Referencing the 2016 Michael Keaton movie called The Founder, which tells the story of Ray Kroc.
In 1961 Kroc buys out the McDonald's brothers and his empire grows...becoming the monster it is today.
In 1998, Albert Okura purchased this property.
Per their brochure: "Realizing that the property was a place of history, Albert decided to open an unofficial McDonald's museum specializing in the early McDonald's years. The Museum opened December 12, 1998, which happened to be the 50 year anniversary date of the original McDonald's."
Part of the building is used as Albert's headquarters for his Jaun Pollo Rotisserie Chicken chain.
However, most of the building is a free museum, open 7 days a week.
Not only is the museum filled with everything McDonald's, the building is completely covered in several murals.
When a visitor asked what the oldest item in the museum was, this item was shown:
A close second was this Mustard/Ketchup dispenser:
The place is stuffed with everything McDonald's.
A fun walk down memory lane.