Be a part of HISTORY by having your name and/or logo added to this mural at the historic site of the very first McDonald's on Route 66.
You can be a part of history! Artist Phil Yeh has painted more than 1800 murals in 49 states and 15 countries promoting literacy and the arts with his Cartoonists Across America & the World Tour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONL9JUzpG-4 He does this with fellow artists and kids in each community and usually finishes these murals in one or two days. Earlier this year, Phil began a project at the historic site of the world's first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California on Route 66. He laid this new colorful mural down in a few weeks working with local high schools and his artist friends; most notably Rory Murray, Greta Grigorian, Lieve Jerger, and Sandra Fisher Cvar. On May 1, his partner from Hawaii, Jon J. Murakami was on hand for Mayor Morris' dedication ceremony.
Jon added three of his musical dragons to this mural. San Bernardino SUN columnist John Weeks was also a speaker that day as was Albert Okura, who now owns the building that was built to replace the original restaurant. Albert is the owner of the Inland Empire's Juan Pollo chicken restaurants and is a real history buff. When Albert learned of the history of the site, he made part of this building into a McDonald's museum. You can read what was printed in the San Bernardino SUN right here. http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_20524464/san-bernardino-has-new-art-treasure
Phil has continued to add details and captions to this mural over the last few months. Sandy Fischer Cvar has done portraits of some of the amazing people who appeared in San Bernardino or who lived here.
Among some of these people are Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, who made their very first U.S. appearance in 1964 at the legendary Swing Auditorium. Many people over the years performed at The Swing Auditorium including Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bob Hope. But it was the age of Rock that brought some of the most legendary acts to San Bernardino including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Jim Morrison & The Doors, Black Sabbath and many more.
Sadly, the Swing was destroyed in a fire in 1981. Aside from entertainers, we have included Dorothy Inghram, who was the first black school teacher in the county and the first black school administrator in the state of California. Ms. Inghram has a branch of the San Bernardino library named in her honor and passed away in 2012 at the age of 106! Nicholas Earp brought his children from Iowa in 1864 to San Bernardino. Brothers Virgil, Morgan, and Wyatt later would gain fame across the west.
Now as Phil is close to finishing the mural we are turning to Kickstarter to raise money to complete the mural and to print a color version of his Dinosaurs Across Route 66 comic book.
t's a fun-filled history tour of the entire Route using Phil's popular dinosaur characters. This book will be distributed to schools and libraries to teach students a little bit about the entire history of this great American highway from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. If you would like to help fund this printing of Dinosaurs Across Route 66 and the completion of this mural, we have several options available for sponsorship.
"A lot of people wonder why I am painting a mural at the first McDonald's when they know how much I don't like most corporations and I do not like most fast food companies. First of all, this is a mural for the kids of San Bernardino who deserve to feel better about a city that has seen better times. Secondly, it's to restore some honesty into what really happened at this site many yeasr ago before Ray Kroc bought the name from the McDonald's brothers and tried to erase their memory with his corporate efforts from outside Chicago in Illinois! The McDonald brothers founded the fast food industry from this location in 1948 with the very first McDonald's on Route 66 in San Bernardino. Everyone else came to them and learned from them including Gary Bell and Neal Baker, two San Bernardino High School graduates. Bell is best known nationally for starting Taco Bell.
The original restaurant was torn down in 1972. When Albert Okura bought the building that replaced the original and learned of the history of the place, he had an official plaque put up and started an unofficial McDonald's museum. Albert owns Juan Pollo, a local chain of Mexican chicken. But like me, he cares more about the history of the site and San Bernardino's place in that history. We are celebrating a city that has seen better days and rebuilding the image of this place with a mural reflecting that history. I am adding significant things on this mural which is taking me months to paint with my artist friends. Of the more than 1800 we have painted around the world with kids for literacy in 49 states and 15 nations, this ONE is really different. We have painted those murals with kids of all ages in 1 or 2 days. This mural is being painted over the course of SIX MONTHS from spring to fall, 2012. When it's done, people will know the real history of San Bernardino including the home of the first African American teacher in San Bernardino and principal in California, Dorothy Inghram, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 106. Dorothy is on this mural and so is Mick Jagger who played his first U.S. appearance with The Rolling Stones at the old Swing Auditorium in 1964. All of this will be in an updated version in full color of our book, Dinosaurs Across Route 66, which covers the mother road from Chicago to Santa Monica. It's about SMALL business and individuals of every color who made this country great. It's not about big corporations. I hope hope you will come and see our mural firsthand on E. Street near 14th Street in San Bernardino."