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Sierra Vista, Arizona: Window from First McDonald's Drive-Thru (In Transition)

A two-pane slider took its first order on Jan. 24, 1975. Saved by a local resident whose daughter had worked at the drive-thru when the restaurant was bulldozed in 1999. Donated to the town museum in 2014. In storage during exhibit remodeling in 2023.

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.
In storage during exhibit remodeling in 2023. (Call to verify)
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Sonorasaurus Dinosaur bones.

Window from First McDonald's Drive-Thru

I visited the museum on 5/23/23. The window was not on display, and is in storage, according to the curator. More work is to be done to reorganize the exhibits before it is placed back out on display. So, no luck there, but the rest of this small regional museum, filled with fossils, dino bones, and other interesting artifacts, was well worth it.

Interesting fact: the Sonorasaurus is the official state dinosaur of Arizona, and the hind leg of the only one ever discovered was found here in Cochise County, and is on display at the museum.

[Luv2RV, 06/08/2023]

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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