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Happy Halloween!

Did you know Rancho Mission Viejo had a cemetery on its premises?  It is located near the Amantes Camp — a private campsite on the Ranch.  In spite of the long lineage of the Ranch, the cemetery is only about 25 years old and contains just a few graves, primarily of O’Neill family members and longtime Ranch personnel.  Maybe that’s why it didn’t make our haunted top ten list!  Among those buried there are Richard and Donna O’Neill.

Rancho Mission Viejo Cemetery (used via Creative Commons license, photo credit to Trader Chris at

Happy Halloween!

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