Vintage Mission Viejo

Vintage Mission Viejo by First American Title

Mission Viejo 1960’s

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 vintage Mission Viejo newspaper stories and ads provide a vague outline of the planning and progress of Mission. The photo above is courtesy First American Title.

Enjoy this glimpse back in time!

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. It was 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.

All of the newspaper stories and ads shown above were downloaded from public newspaper archives. Some of the Vintage Mission Viejo photos below are by Gene Kennedy. Note that the Cal Med Pharmacy pictured is still there today.