The Land of Mission Valley
The land of Mission Valley seems to have started with the Native Americans. In 1769 the Spanish made a settlement on a hill on the southwest side of Mission Valley which became Presidio Park. This settlement soon moved to the Old Town area. The Spanish soon after settled in the east area of Mission Valley where fresh water was cleaner and more abundant creating the San Diego Mission. The Kumeyaay Indians deployed scattered attacks on the new mission in hopes for mainly clothing and materials between 1836 to 1842. Horses were the main source of transportation. In 1880 Mission Valley was progressing from fruit trees to raising dairy cows. Milk and cream soon became a booming business, centered in Mission Valley. One focal family in the Mission Valley dairy business was the Allen family and then the Ferrari family set up a bigger dairy business centered near Camino Del Rio South in 1914. Duck hunting was a popular staple for many Mission Valley residents. Soon after, the Bond family owned the property known as Mission Valley Shopping Center. They sold their property in 1961 to the Mission Valley Shopping Center project. To the east, the Guglielmetti family owned a dairy farm near Murphy Canyon and Mission Valley. The Ferrari family bought out the Guglielmetti farm and soon later sold the property in 1965 which is now Qualcomm Stadium. Three years later the Stadium project determined the Ferrari Ranch was too smelly to be near their stadium. The Ferrari’s sold their ranch in 1968. This wasn’t the last of dairy cows in Mission Valley as I remember seeing cows near Mission Center Road and Friars Road in 1975. Soon after, the last of the small dairy farmers left Mission Valley. San Diego and Mission Valley have continued to grow as now land is way too expensive for a dairy farm.
Mission Valley is now filled with roads, freeways, condominiums, apartments, and businesses without the hint of a cow or horse. Mission Valley is now the heart of San Diego. All this progress has cars breaking down every day. Mission Valley Towing is here to help to offer the latest flatbed towing services.