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Happy Birthday to Rancho Mission Viejo!

On this date (April 4) in 1845, the original land grant for Rancho Mission Viejo (then known as Rancho La Paz) is granted to Augustin Olvera by Mexican Governor Pío Pico.   Later that year, the dapper-named Don Juan Forster acquired Rancho La Paz along with Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Don Juan Forster would combine Rancho La Paz with his existing Rancho Trabuco (which he bought in 1843) and would ultimately acquire yet another land grant in the form of Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores before his death in 1882.  The combination of Rancho La Paz, Rancho Trabuco and Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores made one of the largest ranchos in Southern California.  In 1882, Richard O’Neill Sr. and James Flood acquired the extensive land holdings and the rest is South County history.  Happy birthday, Rancho Mission Viejo!

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