San Bernardino is known for their sunny weather and easy going residents. We are also known for some of our local attractions and historic landmarks. Below are just a few landmarks located throughout the city.
First McDonald's Restaurant
The business began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the "Speedee Service System" in 1948 established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. The original mascot of McDonald's was a man with a chef's hat on top of a hamburger shaped head whose name was "Speedee." Speedee was eventually replaced with Ronald McDonald in 1963.
The restaurant is still opened as a museum and can be seen on the historic Route 66 in downtown San Bernardino.
Al Houghton Stadium
San Bernardino is the home of Al Houghton Stadium and the Western Regional Little League headquarters of Little League Inc. Each year in the first two weeks of August, San Bernardino hosts eleven western states in the West and Northwest regional tournaments. The winner of each tournament goes onto the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The championships games each year are televised by ESPN. Teams include: Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Northern and Southern California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Orange Show Poster
The National Orange Show Festival is an annual festival held in San Bernardino County, California since 1911. A fun event for most San Bernardino residents, there remains a legend regarding the opening of the show — it always marks rain for the usually dry Southern California residents. The reason behind the rainy day is legend has it that fair ground employees were looking for a new place to have the Orange Show and the land that they wanted was an Indian burial ground. The Indian tribe put a curse on the annual show saying that every time the show was to occur it would rain that day. And ever since the curse was put on it has rained every year of the show.