Pictures Show Abandoned McDonald’s Unchanged Since The Early 1990s

If you’ve ever wondered what McDonald’s was like several decades ago, perhaps you should consider taking a trip back in time – and out into the wilderness – to an abandoned Maccies on an Alaskan former naval base that has remained preserved in time since the early 1990s.

In fact, the McDonald’s of the past is so well-preserved that it is still advertising promotional ‘Dino-Size Fries’ as part of a tie-in with Jurassic Park.

The eerie restaurant sits on Adak Island, which is just one of the Aleutian Islands.

Thirty years ago, it was left completely alone on the island after serving as an outpost for the US Army and Navy during World War II.

One of the pictures from inside the creepy old McDonald’s were shared on Twitter and have since been liked more than 18,000 times, and retweeted 3,000 times.

Credit: Flickr/MISHAK13
Credit: Flickr/MISHAK13

The photograph was captioned: “Abandoned McDonald’s on the remote Alaskan island still has the menu up with Bobby’s World and Jurassic Park promos.”

After going viral, some folks who remembered the remote restaurant saw the picture and decided to share their memories of the old place.

Amongst them was a Twitter user called @IamStevaland, who claimed that his family used to own the abandoned McDonald’s before it – and the army base – was closed down.

He explained: “Created a twitter just to say, my parents owned this McDonald’s store! We lived on Adak for 5 years and left when the navy base closed down. This is amazing to see!”

Credit: Flickr/Kim F
Credit: Flickr/Kim F

According to the Los Angeles Times, the abandonment of the naval base was the death knell for the community that surrounded it, including the McDonald’s.

Some of those other relatives piped up with their own experiences on Adak Island during the restaurant’s heyday.

One said: “Grew up on Kodiak and spent many days on Attu as a kid (Coast Guard). Remember still to this day going to that McDonald’s, was a big deal for us kids since the other McDonald’s was on Kodiak.”

Others have pointed out that the prices at the restaurant are more akin to what we’d see today, despite years of inflation.

Credit: Flickr/Kim F
Credit: Flickr/Kim F

That’s because – in case you hadn’t twigged – this restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, and therefore things were more expensive because of the distances involved in getting the things there.

Another person said: “These were 1990’s prices on a SUPER REMOTE ALASKAN ISLAND WHERE EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE, 25 years later we’re like: ‘Hey those are some good prices’. That should scare us…”

Either way, it’s a cool little glimpse into the past, but probably not worth the journey in person, given that there’s now nothing there.