McDonald's Speedee Single Arch Sign at Henry Ford Museum
Photo August 2001: Kummerlowe Archive
Above & Below: The larger than life 1960 McDonald's single arch Speedee sign from Madison Heights, Michigan is on display at the Henry Ford Museum's Automobile in American Life exhibit.
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McDonald's Speedee Single Arch sign Biloxi Mississippi
Photos 1998: Kummerlowe Archive

Sited in Biloxi, Mississippi on Pass Road just west of Keesler Air Force Base, the original McDonald's store was a candy striped Golden Arches unit. It was reportedly destroyed on August 18, 1969 by Hurricane Camille. While the location had to be reconstructed its single arch Speedee sign incredibly endured! At the end of the 20th century it had become one of only a handful of surviving Speedees, and its maintenance was a source of pride for the local franchisee as well as a living museum piece.

Having lived through Camille, Speedee was no match for Hurricane Katrina. As the tropical cyclone slammed into the Gulf Coast with its tremendous winds and 27 foot storm surge on August 29, 2005 it rendered Speedee a mangled and twisted unrepairable wreck.

Google Street View c. 2010
Above: Hurricane Katrina destroyed Biloxi's terrific single arch Speedee sign but left the mansard restaurant largely intact. The mangled sign was removed and its landscaped former spot remained empty.
McDonald's Speedee Single Arch Sign at American Sign Museum
Photos April 28, 2005: Kummerlowe Archive

The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio counts in its collection a to be restored single arch Speedee sign. Note that the museum's Speedee appears to be a bit more stout than the one that had been in Biloxi.

"The American Sign Museum celebrates the art of signmaking and tells the history of American commerce and culture thru signs...The museum fosters a genuine respect for the place signs hold in American life. It carries a powerful, positive message about signs directly to the people who need to understand this industry and its place in business and culture."


McDonald's Speedee Single Arch sign at Stuart Florida
Photo April 2003: Kummerlowe Archive
Photo 2003: Justin Kimbrough
Photo April 2003: Kummerlowe Archive

Above & Higher: The Stuart, Florida McDonald's built in the retro style similar to the Oshkosh, Wisconsin unit, featured an original yet small size single arch Speedee sign.

Right: Green Bay, Wisconsin's McDonald's at 1587 Shawano Avenue was among the last to maintain its large size single arch Speedee sign. A brief discussion with one of the restaurant's managers revealed that vandals repeatedly broke the sign's neon and that the multicolored vertical tubes flanking Speedee were not replaced. Moreover the manager said that the restaurant itself (not shown) was the original candy striped arched building converted into an archless mansard.

McDonald's Speedee Single Arch Green Bay Wisconsin
Photo August 2001: Kummerlowe Archive

McDonald's Single Arch Crest Sign at Winter Haven Florida
Photo April 2003: Kummerlowe Archive

Above: This single arch shield or crest sign at Winter Haven, Florida was among the last few in use. Many single arch crest signs were installed following Speedee's 1960s retirement.

Below: usually referred to as a skinny double arch sign, this one in the St. Louis, Missouri area survived from the 1970s.

McDonald's Skinny "M" Double-Arch Sign St Louis Missouri
Photo August 2000: Kummerlowe Archive

Photos 1997: Kummerlowe Archive
Above & Below: On Perkins Road near College Drive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this location was typical of the Mansard era and featured an infrequently used sign type which seemed to de emphasize the Golden Arches.