mission viejo before development- courtesy First American Title

Vintage Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo was conceived and planned in the 1960’s. I find the history, planning, engineering, etc. very interesting since I have a background in Civil Engineering. Planning a community like Mission Viejo takes vision, ambition, talent, money and the right parcel of land. These newspaper stories and ads provide a vague outline of the planning and progress of Mission. The photo above is courtesy First American Title.

Mission Viejo 1960’s

Mission Viejo 1970’s

I remember growing up in Westminster in the 1960’s and 1970’s and going south to the San Diego Zoo with my family. We took the San Diego Freeway, of course, and I would see the old Mission Viejo sign with orange letters perched on the slope adjacent to the freeway, advertising the brand new city. I had learned about Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Luis Obispo and others, but I had never heard of Mission Viejo. True story.

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All of the newspaper stories and ads shown above were downloaded from public newspaper archives. Some of the photos below are by Gene Kennedy