About Mission Viejo and its History
Browse through the following selection of articles for an overview of the history and progress of Mission Viejo as a community.
- Makers of the Promise: Rancho Mission Viejo
- The California Promise Fulfilled: Beautiful Mission Viejo
- Keepers of the Promise: Mission Viejo Company
- Community Identity: Preserving the Legacy
- Community Pride: Enhancing the Quality of Life
- Community Spirit: Creating That Home-Town Feeling
- Community Recognition: Awards and Accolades
- Community Distinction: Marketing the Mission Viejo Miracle
- Olympic Memories in Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo Historic Videos
On the City of Mission Viejo YouTube page, the videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/user/MissionViejoCA/featured. From the local history collection of the Mission Viejo Library and Mission Viejo Heritage Committee, they cover news stories, community events, sports highlights and other Mission Viejo milestones that have helped to shape this pristine South County city.
Mission Viejo Timelines
Take a look at this handy timeline of early Mission Viejo milestones.
Enjoy our visual timeline of historic images from Mission Viejo's past.
Saddleback Valley News
The original weekly newspaper for the area was the News-Advertiser, which ran for two years from 1967 and 1968. We do not have copies of these. But in 1969, the News-Advertiser changed its name to Saddleback News with the same publisher, Birchall. Smith and Weiner, Inc. In June of 1971, the name changed to Saddleback Valley. Golden West Publishers, Corp. took over the Publication on June of 1973.
We will be adding issues from oldest to newest starting with 1969.
The chronological list of issues are here.
Mission Viejo Reporters from 1966 to 1981
The Mission Viejo Reporter was the newsletter published by the Mission Viejo Company. It was used to keep residents informed of all the events and people in the community. For all things Mission Viejo, this is a great source to visit. The chronological list of issues are here.
Oral History Interviews and Transcripts
Video recordings of interviews from Mission Viejo Company employees can be found on our Oral History Page.
The following history specials were produced by MVTV and the Mission Viejo Library.
Images from the Early Days of Mission Viejo
Take a visual tour of the creation of Mission Viejo from its earliest days to the incorporation of the City of Mission Viejo! Over 400 images from community activities,Mission Viejo Company brochures, and more have been digitized from the original archival items.
Browse or search the Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection through the Online Archive of California.
Advertising Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo has always been innovative with its advertising campaigns. From the earliest development in the late 1960s through to Cityhood in 1988, the Mission Viejo Company has always found ways to promote and market Mission Viejo.
Slogans like “The California Promise”, and “It’s Nice to have Mission Viejo Around the House” are just a couple examples of memorable marketing.
Click here for some examples of different print ads and billboards that were used to promote Mission Viejo.
Special Recognition of Hall of Fame golfer Mark O'Meara
Golfer Mark O'Meara, who grew up and trained in Mission Viejo, talks about his early experience and life on these videos.
Contact Us With Your Local History Questions
Have a question about the history of Mission Viejo, or need help with some research? Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 949-830-7100, ext. 5110.
A special thanks to all the members of the City of Mission Viejo Heritage Committee for their input, research, and cooperation.