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11th May
2012
written by Richard

The dairy industry was once big business in San Diego. In the 1950s, dairy products were the third largest agricultural product in the county. One in fifteen San Diegans were connected in some way to dairying, according to one estimate. Mission Valley, today’s center of shopping malls and condominiums, was filled with dairy farms.

It began in the 1880s . . . the Dairies of Mission Valley.

Before freeways, sports stadiums, and shopping malls. Special Collections, San Diego Public Library

8 Comments

  1. 19/09/2014

    Looking for the name and location (business address) of a dairy that was located (1930’s 1940’s)on Mission Gorge Rd. near what is now the Big Rock & Mission Gorge Rd. area. It may have been located near the 8100 block of Mission Gorge Rd. (South side of Mission Gorge). Dan

  2. Marilyn
    05/11/2014

    It was Miller’s Dairy

  3. sam
    14/01/2015

    It was not Miller’s Dairy. Miller’s Dairy was located on Skyline Dr., in Lemon Grove.

  4. Greg Bishop
    25/02/2015

    MILLER DAIRY: OK. Help with more detail, please…. Was it WEST of Skyline Drive? Was the entrance (in the early 60’s) on the SOUTH side of MT VERNON? I seem to recall very nice landscaping at the entrance?

    Does anyone recall the address? People talk about it in newspapers and blogs, BUT they don’t give a detailed location. With no sign of its existence today, that seems pretty important.

    I lived in Lemon Grove from about age 6 (1951) to around age 16 (1961), then again in I believe the mid-to-late 70’s. Hilltop Drive, Adams Street, Massachusetts Avenue.

  5. John Stanton
    15/05/2015

    Knudson had a distribution center out that way. But the only actual dairy I remember anywhere close to there (Santee) was Alta Dena.

  6. Steve Martinez
    22/11/2015

    Hello Dave:

    The dairy was on the south side of skyline. Bordered by one block before Dayton drive.

    Used to live in That area when I was a kid. You can tell where it was by the housing track called Miller’s something.

    Thanks for your attention,
    S. Martinez

  7. Gary
    05/07/2016

    Golden Arrow Dairy was the dairy near the “pits” along Mission Gorge near Zion

  8. Kimberly Bowen
    28/11/2016

    The main entrance to Miller’s dairy was right at the end of Hardy Drive. I lived on Hardy Drive as a kid and we would walk over to buy popsicles and ice cream bars from the big chest freezer in the center of the drivethrough area. There were 2 fiberglass cows on the grass strip between the deep U shape of the drive. A Holstein by Mt Vernon and a cartoony looking on halfway down. We would pick (steal) oranges, figs, and pomegranates from the Miller’s yard. Their house was to the East of the drivethrough entrance. The kids in the neighborhood could watch the cows being milked over a wall. The cows seemed to just line up to be milked. Over another wall I saw a calf being born. We would go see the lone bull named Curly in his separate pen. We would visit the baby calves and let them suck on our hands. I had a few pet cats that came from there. Looking back, I think the people at the dairy kind of indulged us kids. The only thing they absolutely did not tolerate was playing on the hay bale stacks. We got ran off a few times for that, but it WAS probably dangerous! I was 11 years old when we moved to El Cajon in 1972. My family continued to have Miller dairy milk delivered till the day they closed. Needless to say I have fond memories.

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