|The 1st ever McDonald's in Des Plaines, IL |
is preserved as the McDonald's Museum
On River Rd., just Northwest of Chicago in suburban Des Plaines, is preserved the 1st ever McDonald's fast food drive in restaurant, looking pretty much as it did when super entrepreneur, Ray Kroc, built it in 1955.
According to his authorized autobiography, Grinding It Out, Ray Kroc mortgaged his Northfield home to raise the cash to pursue his dream.
His wife, a short sighted woman, if there ever was one, divorced him as a result.
"I've had it with your cockamamie schemes," she said to Ray.
"Don't let the door hit you on the way out," he replied.
|The Marquee at the Original McDonald's |
Hamburgers were only 15 cents
He gave her the car, the home, the dog and their remaining bank accounts. But he adamantly refused to give her stock in his fledgling McDonald's Corporation, which consisted then, of the one restaurant you see above.
That stock would be worth something around $1 billion today.
Old Ray had the last laugh.
(The link up above will get you a free download of Ray Kroc's Autobiography: "Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald's". It's well worth reading.)