This McDonald’s (below) stood where Lester’s Roadside BBQ is today, at 376 Cambridge Street. Despite the Jim Lonborg promotion, and the playground that opened in the early 1970s, it was all for naught. It closed after a few years, when the town refused to grant a drive-through due to the existing congestion. Can you think of any other McDonald’s location on planet Earth that somehow didn’t work out?
Bonus — note the original McDonald’s logo on the sign.
Before Barnes&Noble and Chili’s came to town, this Howard Johnson Motor Lodge occupied that area.
Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge keys, Burlington MA. Photo credit: Greg Purvis
Towne House is now Bickford’s, near the Woburn line on Cambridge Street
Kemp’s Hamburgers location is now a Rockland Trust bank, corner of Forbes Ave. and Cambridge Street.
Kemp’s Hamburgers sign taken down early 1970s
The Fresh Spot was roughly where CVS is now, at Skilton Lane and Cambridge St.:
Where TD Bank is now, Cambridge St. near Dunkin’ Donuts:
The previous library:
The middle school when it was the high school:
Marshall Simonds Middle School — when it was Burlington High School
Graduation day at the old high school. Photo credit: David Chisholm
Before there was a Route 62 plaza:
Burlington police get radar:
July 4 parade, 1967:
1967 July 4 parade
The Stardust, Burlington MA. From left: Dom Molinaro, George Capadais, John Sousa and Tom Green, all from Burlington.
Nothing to see here, except Carol’s and Ray’s in the background.