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McDonald’s Open for Business 806 S. Main St., Normal February 1959

First McDonald's in Normal, 1959.

An intrepid Museum staffer tracked this wonderful image down, taken in mid-February 1959 - this being the first McDonald’s in the Twin Cities. Soon after, the drive-in opened.

A regular hamburger cost 15 cents back in February 1959. Adjusted for inflation, that’s the equivalent of $1.25 in 2016 dollars. And that’s about what McDonald’s charges for a hamburger today!

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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