McDonald's by the numbers
1948: McDonald's founded by Dick and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, Calif.
1955: Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, Ill.
McDonald’s on the Golden Strip, 1730 E. Third St., held its grand re-opening Wednesday morning with a new look and more energy efficient. According to owner Doug Doherty, the replacement of the old restaurant took 93 days from demolition to grand opening. The new facility uses all LED lighting, which is much more efficient, with the overall restaurant being more “green.” Also included are two drive-thru windows that are open 24 hours a day and the addition of bar height tables as well as regular tables. The original McDonald’s in Loyalsock Township was built in 1966 for owner/operater Tom McConnell by contractor John Albarano. According to reports, the structure was renovated and indoor seating was added in 1970. Another expansion took place in 1978.
1956: 1 million burgers sold
1959: 100th restaurant opens
1962: First indoor
seating opens in Denver, Colo.
1963: 1 billion burgers sold, 500th restaurant opens, Ronald McDonald introduced
1966: Loyalsock Township McDonald's opens
1967: McDonald's goes international with
restaurants in Canada and Puerto Rico
1968: Big Mac
introduced by developer/owner Jim "MJ" Delligatti in Pittsburgh
1969: Original red and white color scheme abandoned by corporate
1974: First Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia
1978: 5,000th restaurant opens
1979: Happy Meal
1984: 50 billion burgers sold, Senior Chairman of the Board Ray Kroc dies
2012: Loyalsock Township McDonald's
re-opens, one of 15,000 restaurants in the U.S. and 20,000 more
worldwide that have sold billons and billions of burgers
SOURCE: McDonald's website, Doug Doherty