Sierra Vista, Arizona: Window from First McDonald's Drive-Thru

A two-pane slider took its first order on Jan. 24, 1975. Saved by a local resident when the restaurant was bulldozed in 1999. Donated to the town museum in 2014. Displayed inside an oak frame.

Henry F. Hauser Museum

2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista, AZ
In the lobby of the Ethel H. Berger Center, which houses the Henry F. Hauser Museum. From AZ-90 turn south at the stoplight onto Coronado Drive, then make the first left onto E. Tacoma St. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the brown "Museum" sign.
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First McDonald's Drive-Thru window.

Window from First McDonald's Drive-Thru

The museum is currently being remodeled, but I was able to get pictures of the drive-thru window from the curator.

[Michael Cordeiro, 04/24/2021]

The fast food drive-thru window innovation was spurred by necessity; Fort Huachuca regulations prevented soldiers from entering businesses in their fatigues. Car lane convenience provided on the side of the Sierra Vista McDonald's solved the problem in 1975. The fast food giant went on to add drive-thru windows at most of its locations.

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