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EDITOR: Andrea Kirk
Michele Hunter
Mark Share

By Eye Spy LA Editor


Ever since the Route 66 Arizona weekend getaway and the Sunday excursion to the original Route 66 terminus at Broadway & 7th downtown, I've been wanting to get out and trace the route through Southern California. Last Sunday there was a break in the weather and also my curiosity was peaked by a new calendar listing for a McDonalds History Tour April 22nd. The site of the original McDonalds is located along Route 66 in San Bernardino. So I drove directly out to San Berdo to pick up a little burger history and drive the famous trail to see what remnants of old 66 I could find.

In 1940 the McDonald brothers opened a barbeque restaurant at 14th and E St. in San Bernardino. This location was along the former Business Route 66 at that time. In 1948 they changed the menu to burgers. Soon they started franchising and later sold out to Ray Kroc, and the rest is fast food history. This property was sold in 1968 and the original building demolished in 1972. A music store was built on the property and later sold to the San Bernardino Light Opera. During this time a plaque was dedicated commemorating this spot as the original McDonalds restaurant and it was later inducted into the San Bernardino Route 66 Cruisin Hall of Fame. In 1998 the property was purchased by the founder of the Juan Pollo chicken chain and now houses Route 66 and McDonald's memorabilia.

Site of the original McDonald's at 14th & E St. in San Bernardino

People driving Route 66 from Victorville came through the Cajon Pass and ended up on Mt. Vernon Ave. If you drive south (or drive north on it and then turn around and drive south, like I did) along that street you will see two Route 66 Roadside Attraction signs. The first on the east side of the street at La Plaza Park, the second about a block or so away on the west side at the Mitla Cafe that has been serving up Mexican and American food since 1937.

La Plaza Park built in 1945 on Mt Vernon Ave.

--Andrea Kirk (

Route 66 Sunday getaway drive:
Started here in San Bernardino.
The Wigwam Motel in Rialto
Dinosaurs in Rancho Cucamonga
Bono's in Fontana

Also see: Route 66 original terminus Downtown L.A.
and the Route 66 Weekend Getaway to Kingman Arizona

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