The town of Amboy, California was founded in 1858. From 1925 to 1971, Amboy was a vital stop in the Mojave Dessert on Route 66. During this time, everyone traveling to Southern California from the East traveled through Amboy. Interstate 40 replaced Route 66 in 1971 and Amboy became a ghost town.
Albert Okura, founder of Juan Pollo restaurants, purchased Amboy for $425,000 from Bessie Burris with the promise that he would gradually restore the town. Albert is in the process of restoring Amboy. Roy's Gas is open selling 87 octane, 91 octane, and diesel. The Amboy post office is open 6 days a week, the public restrooms are open, and a well with filtered, certified water has been installed.
In 1948, Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonalds in San Bernardino, California. The brothers were the Henry ford of the restaurant industry. They did not event the hamburger, they perfected it and everything about it. McDonalds stood for quality control, mass production, speedy service, and of course .15 cent hamburgers! In 1954, Ray Kroc met the brothers in San Bernardino, and convinced them to let him open a McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1961, purchased McDonalds from the brothers for 2.7 million dollars and moved his headquarters to Chicago.
The original McDonalds building was torn down in 1971, and there was no public access to the property until 1998 when Albert Okura, founder of the Juan Pollo restaurant chain, purchased the property, researched and collected information of the early days of McDonalds, then opened a free, unofficial McDonalds museum without the blessing of the McDonald's Corporation.
The Inland Empire Military Museum is sponsored by Juan Pollo Restaurants.
The Route 66 Museum is sponsored by Juan Pollo Restaurants. It is connected to the flagship and oldest existing Juan Pollo location on 5th street in San Bernardino.
The Annual Cruizin E st. Veteran's Day Parade and Custom Car Show is sponsored by Juan Pollo Restaurants and is held around Veteran's Day each year at the Site of the Original McDonalds in San Bernardino, Calif.