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San Juan Capistrano, California
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    (1776- )
    Population: 35,922 (2019)
    Located in Orange County, California
    Located 54 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 66 miles northwest of San Diego
    Founded with the establishment of Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Named after St. John of Capistrano
    Incorporated as a city (April 19, 1961)
    Has two sister cities: Capestrano, Italy and Goya, Argentina
    It used to be controlled under Spanish rule prior to becoming a town.
    It was struck by an earthquake which destroyed the Mission Basilica (December 8, 1812).
    The mission was sacked by pirates (December 14, 1818).
    Because of its urban sprawl, the cliff swallows were unable to come back here for nesting areas for eight years (2009-2017).
    It is one of the cities in California to have an expensive cost of living.
    Built in 1782, Mission San Juan Capistrano's chapel is California oldest building.
    The mission is Orange County's birthplace and has been called 'Jewel of the California Missions.'
    It gained tourism following the restoration of the mission.
    It has been a place for Hollywood productions to be made, including the western movie 'The Two Brothers,' which was the first one to be shot in the county.
    It is mentioned in a song written by Leon René.
    It is where the cliff swallows come to migrate from Goya, Argentina.
    Its Swallows Day Parade and Fiesta de las Golondrinas is the longest running and largest parade without motor power located west of the Mississippi River.

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