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

Has "World's First McDonald's Drive-Thru" under the Golden Arches sign, a historical plaque, and a photo display inside. The actual drive-thru McDonald's was bulldozed in 1999; the current restaurant is a replacement.
Address:
1802 E. Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ
Directions:
From AZ-90 turn west at the stoplight onto E. Fry Blvd. Drive 1.5 miles. The Mcdonald's will be on the left.
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I was stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ in Sierra Vista when this happened. The reason for the drive-thru was because the fort commander at the time didn't want us GIs to be seen in town in our fatigues. We weren't allowed to be seen in public with them on. McDonald's owner got around this by creating the first drive-thru window so the GIs wouldn't violate the fort commander's orders. I lived in the area for a few years and was happy to see the town growing and GIs in camo's all over the place.

[Ira Woolery, 11/11/2005]
First McDonald's Drive-Thru window

My hometown, Sierra Vista, AZ, is home to the first McDonald's drive-thru in the world. The G.I. 's at Fort Huachuca were in a hurry and didn't have enough time to eat inside. Growing up, though, nobody made a big deal about it being the first or even knew about it. Now they have pictures on the wall inside commemorating it and recently they've started playing it up more.

[John Keough, 09/18/2004]

The first McD's drive-thru window opened on Jan. 24, 1975. The original restaurant was demolished in May 1999 to make way for a brandy-new McDonald's and parking lot.

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