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.

Port of Long Beach - 18 May 2017

Long Beach is the second-busiest port in the United States, only out done by the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro). Together, the San Pedro Bay Complex, is the largest port in the United States and the 10th largest in the world.
 Queen Mary
There is scaffolding on one of the one of the smoke stakes. According to Naval architects the vessel is "approaching the point of no return." In March, the city of Long Beach approved $23 million to address the ship's most urgent repairs. However, the estimated total cost of repairs is over $235 million, so its' fate is yet to be determined.
 
 
Island known as THUMS
THUMS (Texaco, Humble, Unocal, Mobil and Shell) is a group of four man-made islands designed to camouflage oil-drilling rigs. What looks like a blue striped building is a housing unit for a drilling rig that is on top of a railroad track that moves it around the island from well to well.
Cosco Shipping Lines is the national flag carrier of the People's Republic of China.
They recently merged with China Ocean Shipping, above is their new logo.
 ZPMC - Ship-to-Shore Cranes
Sea Launch is a multinational spacecraft launch facility that uses a mobile maritime launch platform.
Sea Launch Commander is docked in Long Beach and launches communication satellites from anywhere out at sea.
 Liberty
 Protector
The Protector, built by Foss Maritime Co., mounts 10 water cannons with a capacity to throw more than 41,000 gallons per minute.
Built in 1927, the SCE Long Beach Power Generating Station was refurbished and re-powered by its new owner, NRC Energy Company. Since 2007, the NRG Long Beach Generating Station uses four simple cycle air-cooled units to generate enough power to supply over 200,00 homes.
Gerald Desmond Bridge
The first scene in 'The Monkees' 1968 movie, Head, has the foursome interrupting the dedication ceremony for this bridge, and then Micky Dolenz jumps into the water.
One section of the bridge has netting to catch any falling debris on the only portion that goes over a street. 
The current roadway has four lanes; the replacement (started in Jan. 2013) will have six lanes, with emergency lanes on each side.
The construction of the new Gerald Desmond Bridge is the first project in California to use a Movable Scaffold System (MSS).
The MSS is designed to bridge the 235 foot span between piers; it supports the concrete as it is poured for each span. Once the concrete has cured the MSS moves to the next pier and repeats the pour. 
Reaching 500 feet, with a vertical clearance over 200 feet, the new bridge will allow access for the tallest container ships and will be the first long-span cable-stayed bridge in California. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the new bridge will have a pedestrian/bike path and observation decks.